Diamond delight as crowds celebrate 60th Lesmahagow Highland Games

Thousands turned out on Saturday to enjoy a day of summer fun at this year’s Lesmahagow Highland Games.

It was a special occasion as the historic event celebrated its diamond anniversary with festivities taking place for the 60th time in the city.

Glebe Park was awash in color as locals enjoyed bagpipes, Highland dancing, cheerleaders, fancy dress, a funfair, petting zoo and more.



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Many attendees agreed that the June 18 event was “just like the good old days” as villagers and visitors got involved in the celebration.

Crowds lined the main street to watch the procession of chiefs, before heading to the park for the annual coronation of the tartan queen.



Tartan Queen and her court, with joint chiefs Mark and Enrico

This year’s queen is Neve Canning, and she was accompanied by two tartan princesses, Sindija Stikute and Eva Cardwell. The two Clansmen were James McKnight and Noah Brannan.

The two chefs were Mark Rollo and Enrico Franceschi – two friendly but rival fish and chip shop owners trading within 50 yards of each other.

Both actively support clubs and organizations in the village, as well as having collected tens of thousands of pounds between them for various charities.

They both won Lockdown Heroes status to serve the village beyond the call of duty during the long lockdown summer of 2020, and it is for these reasons that they were chosen as Chiefs of Staff and rightly recognized by the villager.



Crowds were treated to a great show of pipe band music

A record number of events took place during the afternoon, which also saw a heavyweight contest, gymnastics, Scottish wrestling and even a mini petting zoo.

David Abercrombie, President of the Lesmahagow Highland Games Society, said: “We also had another day of summer sunshine!

“The committee would like to thank everyone who performed at our 60th Games, our Tartan Queen and Court, Chieftains, financial supporters, sponsors and advertisers – we are already thinking about the 61st Games!”

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Jennifer R. Strohm