Kind weather ensures fun day at the Games

Highland dancing
Highland dancing

PEOPLE from all over the world returned home to Burntisland this week to celebrate the town’s Highland Games.

Burntisland was packed on Monday as the rain kindly stayed away, while the parade of Exiles and the Burntisland Pipe Band headed from Burgh Chambers along the High Street to the Links for the start of the Games, now in its 360th year.

Heavy events

Heavy events

Speaking at the event, Games secretary Joyce Kelley told the Press she was happy it stayed dry for the second oldest highland games in the world.

She said: “I’m delighted the weather has been kind. It’s always a big worry.

“We put a lot of hard work into this. We were out from 8.00 a.m. until 3.00 p.m. on Sunday lifting and laying all the stuff like the stages. There were about 20 of us which was good.

“There are definitely people still wanting it to run.

“We have people from all over too. This year there are people from Sweden, Germany and Poland here.

“It’s such a historic event, so it’s important for the town.”

Provost Jim Leishman was there, recalling the Games from his childhood: “I have lots of memories of the games, as a young laddie I used to come down here every year.

“It’s a great honour being back here as provost. I plan to catch up with lots of friends.

“I’m looking forward to the Binn race. When you see

the height of it , it looks impossible.

Of the exiles, Amanda Wardrop-Jones (43), is home from Dubai for two months.

She said: “It’s always nice to come back to Burntisland to see family and friends. I have been away for five and a half years now. I do miss Burntisland.

Balance

“It’s nice to be away because it’s a good lifestyle in Dubai, but it’s always nice to come home. It balances everything out. I come back every year to get my fix of friends and family.

“I remember running in the games - my sister and I.

“We went to Games day every year. Pitch and putt, the shows and then the Highland Games.

“I loved growing up in Burntisland, it was a great place. Everyone used to be out playing all the time. Looking back, it was always sunny too.”

Ray Keane (46), now lives in County Durham and returns ‘home’ to do his old job.

He said: “My mum still lives in the town so I come back every year for the Highland Games, it’s a nice town.

“Every year I work for that one day on the shows. I used to do it when I was at school.

“It’s now the grandson of the guy I used to work for that’s in charge!

“I have been away for 23 years and I come back every year for the Games.”

Games Chieftain David Jeffrey said: “I have been chieftain for five years. I enjoy it.

“We get a lot of support from the trades, shops and public.”