Ardrossan Highland Games back after two years away

FOR the first time since 2019, the Ardrossan Highland Games took place at Memorial Field on Sunday June 12th.

It was a long-awaited return to one of the biggest events on the Three Cities calendar, after the Covid-19 pandemic put a halt to the proceedings in 2020 and 2021.

And many people from the Three Cities and beyond were in high spirits as thousands flocked to enjoy the day.

This year’s chef was Alec Wilkie, owner of local design firm Clyde Studios, who spent most of his childhood growing up in Saltcoats, where he still resides today with his wife Lesley.

There were many smiles on Sunday at the triumphant return of the Ardrossan Highland Games

He has been a long-time supporter of the Games, along with many other local organizations.

And unsurprisingly, he was thrilled to have the Highland Games back as it should be.

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Alec told the rally, “Thank you all for your hard work to get to where you are today. A great effort and a big thank you.

“Here is a beautiful day today that you have achieved.”

And it was a great day, with plenty of competition, worthy winners being crowned, and stalls enjoying a day of outdoor trading – even though the weather wasn’t perfect!

The full results of the competition are available on the “Ardrossan Highland Games” Facebook page.

Of course, the traditional music and dancing, in addition to being competitive, provided bettors with an incredible day of entertainment.

A woman, who was attending her first matches, said how much she enjoyed the event and participated in the competitions.

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She said: ‘My family from America were cheering for the Porterfield family! Great job, we really enjoyed our first Highland games!

While another participant said “even a few hours of rain couldn’t spoil the morning”.

Over 2,500 tickets for the event were distributed to local primary school children, and they were entertained by Silly McB the Clown, who traveled from Perthshire to attend the event.

There were also a few other ‘well kent fae faces of our region’ in attendance, with many former heads of the game to support this year’s edition of the games.

One of them, councilor Jim Montgomerie, commented: “Well done to all for the organization. A great event for our local town.

A big congratulations to all at Herald to all the volunteers who gave of their time to help organize this incredible event, and to everyone who participated in the day’s events. We already can’t wait for next year!

Keep an eye on our website and social media pages for more photos from the Games.


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Jennifer R. Strohm