Organizers of popular Bridge of Allan Highland Games seek Covid hero nominations for chief

Bridge of Allan Highland Games will return this summer after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.

And organizers are looking for a Covid hero to become a chef during the festivities on Sunday August 7 at Strathallan Games Park.

Previous leaders have included Dame Diana Rigg, Ally McCoist, Kirsty Young, Judy Murray and Eve Muirhead.

Bridge of Allan Highland Games committee chair Sandy Laird said this week: “The committee thought it would be appropriate to ask a local Covid hero to be leader.

“We all know there are a lot of them, so we’re really looking forward to choosing one of the nominees to join us as a chef that day.”

Games sponsors Central FM added: ‘They can be a carer/NHS worker who has gone the extra mile during the pandemic, or even a teacher who has been truly exceptional throughout home schooling and the challenges it brought for both teachers as well as students.

“It may even be someone in your community who has been exceptional throughout the pandemic.”

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The 2022 Highland Games will include traditional attractions like bagpipes, Highland dancing and hammer throwing as well as racing, cycling and wrestling.

Mr Laird said this week that work was underway to make the 2022 Games unforgettable.

He added: “The highlight every year for Bridge of Allan is the pipe bands en masse.

“At the end of the Games, all the pipe bands enter the arena to salute the chief playing together and, with something between 40 and 70 bands playing in unison, I have yet to see a chief without a tear in his eyes.

“This is also when the bagpipe competitions take place. They don’t know the winners until they’re announced at this point, so there’s a lot of cheering and hat-tossing.

Applications for the position of chef can be made at

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Jennifer R. Strohm