Linking Cupar’s ‘big two’ attracts little support

Action from last month's Highland Games
Action from last month's Highland Games

A suggestion has been put forward that two of Cupar’s main annual events - the Highland Games and Children’s Gala - should consider holding their activities on the same day.

The possibility was mooted at last week’s meeting of Cupar Community Council, with the idea that the gala activities end at lunch time, to be followed by the Highland Games.

Community councillor Gina Logan made the suggestion to safeguard the future of the games.

Feedback she had received suggested there was little for young families at the Highland Games.

Council chairman, Canon Pat McInally, said: “The idea was to have a civic week, which seemed a good idea at the time.”

Most visitors at the games, he said, appeared to be foreigners, with not many locals attending.

“We just cannot afford to lose these local traditions, ” added Canon Pat.

Last year, the Highland Games were moved forward a few weeks to June and held on a Saturday, rather than Sunday - a successful change which was repeated this year.

Fife Councillor Bryan Poole cautioned that the two events had different audiences.

The community council agreed to invite representatives of the two organisations to a future meeting.

Ali Rankin, Cupar Gala chairman, said this week: ”The committee does not think it would be appropriate to merge with Cupar Highland Games.

“The gala requires a great deal of hard work and year-round fund-raising by our committee, who are all volunteers and very busy people, and it is felt that the addition of the games to gala day would not be possible logistically.

“We also appeal to different kinds of people and it is the gala’s aim to provide an affordable family day out with children’s entertainment being our priority.

“The committee is disappointed that the community council did not seeks its views before having this discussion in a public forum.”

Cupar Highland Games secretary Rosemary Middleton said on Monday she could not comment on the matter as the games committee had not been contacted by the community council.