Inverkeithing: fun in the sun at the Highland Games

VISITORS from all over the world – and even a French television crew – flocked to Inverkeithing for the Highland Games last weekend.

The city’s famous event, held at Ballast Bank, was very special as it was the first Games after Covid and also marked 50 years since its resurrection.

Hank John, from the Games Committee, told the press: “It had some really good numbers, it was very well shot and it was great to see people still coming through the gates at two and three o’clock.

“It was so amazing. There were a lot of people and people from all over the world were there.

Although there had been Highland Games in Inverkeithing for centuries, the event came to a halt for several years before being revived by Ken Roy and others in 1972.

Events that drew crowds included track events, including children’s races and cycling, bagpipes, highland dancers, tug of war, hammer and caber throwing.

He continued: “For me, everything at the Games is a highlight, so whether you are interested in Highland dancing, piping or heavyweight, there was something for everyone.

“That’s why we’re promoting the Games as a great day for families.

“My favorite part of the day was meeting people from all over the world who were there, literally all over the world.

“There were people from the United States, Canada, different parts of the continent and I had a very good conversation with a family who came from Ukraine.

“It was good to meet people and see the joy on their faces as they enjoyed their favorite part of the Games.”

There was also a Gallic touch when he smiled: “French television was there all day to film and there is an article on Facebook which is quite interesting.

“They did a full three to five minute story for their news program and it was really good! They did a really good job and I even got to see the parts of it that I didn’t could see that day!”

Soon, Hank and the rest of the committee will gather for their annual “clean-up meeting” where they will review the Games and find out what they can do differently next summer.

He said: “It’s good, post-lockdown, to be back. It’s not just something for the locals, it’s something for everyone.

“It doesn’t matter what part of the world you come from.”

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Jennifer R. Strohm