All set for Highland Games

2912010 SSFF bisland games 'Highland Dancing - Burntisland Games, Burntisland
2912010 SSFF bisland games 'Highland Dancing - Burntisland Games, Burntisland

ORGANISERS are hoping the sun will shine on the Links for the annual Burntisland Highland Games on Monday.

A healthy entry of competitors for the dancing, athletics, heavy events and the popular Binn Hill Race is expected once again this year.

More than 100 dancers from as far afield as Canada, America, Australia and across Scotland have registered.

There are also a number of athletes and cyclists who have signed up for the many track and field events which will take place at the 361st Burntisland Highland Games.

Games chieftain and president, David Jeffrey is hoping for a good start to Games day with the Exiles reception, hosted by Burntisland Community Council in association with The Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain.

It will take place in the town’s Burgh Chambers at 11.00 a.m. when Mr Jeffrey and local councillors will welcome back former Burntisland residents returning to their roots for the biggest day on the calendar.

“This will be my sixth year as chieftain and I am looking forward to it,” he said. “The Exiles reception will be followed by the march down to the Games arena for the opening at noon. We are all hoping for good weather on the day.”

The parade will follow the Exiles reception, leaving the Burgh Chambers at 11.45 a.m. and heading to the Games arena on the Links.

This will be Joyce Kelley’s fifth year as secretary after taking over from Isa Duncanson.

Joyce said: “Most of the organising has been done and everything has been going smoothly. We don’t have a big committee so we need as many volunteers as we can to help out.

“We could always do with some more help and we would like to hear from anyone who would like to volunteer their time on Monday.”

She said the chieftain and his wife Janice are very involved in the organising, with Janice in charge of the hospitality and Anna Bain in charge of the dancing.

Don Campbell remains as handicapper and Joyce’s husband Eric is vice president.

She continued: “We go down to the Games arena on Sunday morning to start setting up everything and we are there again early on the Monday morning to get the sound system set up.”

She added: “We are all hoping for good weather next weekend.” Anyone wanting to volunteer should contact Joyce on (01592) 873090.