Inverkeithing: Highland Games returns for its 50th year of celebrations

THE Inverkeithing Highland Games are back at Ballast Park for a special 50th anniversary.

Celebrating half a century since they resurrected the games and their return after two years of COVID restrictions, the annual event will be in full swing tomorrow (Saturday).

Hank John, from the Games Committee, told the press: “It’s very important for the city. It’s such a Scottish thing to know that a small place like Inverkeithing can hold games like this that have been going on for so many centuries.

“We are celebrating our 50th anniversary since it was relaunched after the war, but the games date back long before that and they have always been run by local people.”

There will be multiple track events for runners and cyclists, solo and group tubing, Highland dancing and fan favorites involving the heavyweight events such as tug of war, hammer and caber throw.

Hank continued: “It would be nice to have 4,000, hopefully we’ll have a good extra turnout this year as we haven’t had any games due to COVID for the past two years.

“The last matches were in 2019, so God willing we have great weather and everyone can come and have a great day with the family.”

With an incredible story, Hank and the rest of the committee encourage people to come and carry on the tradition.

“I hope it will be a wonderful day and everyone will have fun and frolic. We found an article written a long time ago that described the Highland games as a day of fun and frolics!”

Free tickets to the games have been distributed to around 35 Ukrainian refugees, including eight children, so they can come and enjoy the festivities and sample Scottish traditions.

The games will start at 11.30am with a parade from the Civic Center down the High Street before ending at 5pm with another procession down the street.

Tickets for the event are priced at £8 for an adult, £5 for a child and concession or £20 for a family ticket – two adults and two children.

Parking is available for £2.

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Jennifer R. Strohm