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LESMAHAGOW HIGHLAND GAMES - 2017
Best Float - Broompark Drive - Vikings
Runners-Up - Woodpark Primary / Milton Primary
Best Fancy Dress - Big Top Little Tots
Best Walking Float - Grease Lightening
Best Decorated Garden - Forrest Family (Clansman Cayden)
Best Scarecrow - TBA
Best Shop Window - Eric Watson
Grand Raffle Draw Cash Prize Winners
1st £200 - Andrea Richmond
2nd £100 - Nicki Thomson
3rd £50 - Mary Craig
RSPBA Contest Results 2017
1st Uddingston Strathclyde
2nd East Kilbride
3rd Greyfriars Pipes & Drums
1st Coalburn IOR
2nd Lanark & District
3rd Uddingston Strathclyde
4th East Kilbride
5th Greyfriars Pipes & Drums
Grade 3 MSR
1st Coalburn IOR
2nd Lanark & District
1st Coalburn IOR
2nd Lanark & District
Heavyweights Contest 2017
From the Lesmahagow Highland Games Chairman...
A big thanks to everyone who made the 2017 Lesmahagow Highland Games day such a success...
We were fortunate indeed to have had yet another day of glorious sunshine at the 'Gow, for at least the third year running. Crowds lined the main street and we saw one of the longest and best Chieftain's processions in many a year. The efforts that went in to the floats and fancy dress truly exceeded all expectations!
This year we had four bands in the procession, this proved to be very popular and I can tell you that the bands loved the experience, hopefully to be repeated in future years.
A total of 259 children of the village took part in the procession and every one of them was awarded £5 in cash to spend at the Games - this is just one of the things that the committee spends the income from the beer tent and other fundraisers on - please remember this when you buy your programmes, beers in the beer tent and raffle tickets!
The ground staff made a fantastic job of The Glebe, and the park looked absolutely stunning on Saturday, the grass was just beautiful! A big thanks to you all, guys...
Chieftain Mags Cathcart looked splendid indeed, clad in her highland dress as she headed the procession, accompanied not only by myself but by trusted best friend 'Bud' for the second half of the march. What you may not have realised was that Pipe Major Donald Williams and the Coalburn IOR stopped outside of Matthew Sneddon Bakers to play a specially written composition to honour the memory of our 40th Chieftain Matthew Sneddon, who recently passed away. The pipes & drums' rendering of Sally's Song in the presence of Sally Sneddon truly produced one of the more emotional moments of the day...
The court of the Tartan Queen - Tartan Princesses Millie & Carly, with Clansmen Mark & Cayden all played their part with enthusiasm, excitement, and seemingly endless energy, right through 'til the end of the Ceilidh at midnight, and Tartan Queen Sarah's arrival with the Princesses in her Dad Scott's vintage classic car proved to be one of the 'wow moments' of the day without doubt...
After the formalities of the Crowning, the village was entertained by the six pipe bands competing in the RSPBA contest, the heavyweights competition and the Funtastica Dance Schools highland dancing display. Big crowds gathered to watch each of the top billing events, and we saw a huge number of entries too at the junior athletics competition, where many, many Lesmahagow Highland Games medallions were given away, memories for the placed youngsters to treasure through the years ahead...
On the one day of the year that Lesmahagow becomes very cosmopolitan, I met travellers from Germany, Seattle, (USA), and Holland. We also accommodated a bus load of twenty or more visitors from France who were here to say 'Allo, Allo'!... trying to explain how 'tossing the caber' works in schoolboy French proved a challenge too far for myself and Davie Rollo!
The heat of the afternoon saw more than a couple of pipers actually withdraw from their bands due to 'heat fatigue' in a new 'first' for the village, but the pipers piped, the drummers drummed and the dancers all danced as otherwise expected..
As always, the highlight at the end of the day is the assembly of the massed pipe bands as they salute the Chieftain with 'Heilan Laddie' before prize-giving. This year at 5pm, we also saw three bands 'beating the retreat' along the Abbeygreen, in another big highlight of the day.
The Chieftain's Ball at Hollandbush proved very popular, particularly with the youngsters once again showing up their parents by demonstrating all of the correct 'moves' for the Ceilidh Scottish dances...!
The 'Gow once again fell silent long after midnight, with 'mony a sair heed' and lots of happy memories of another great day in the sunshine...
If you visited the Games, we hope you all enjoyed yourself. Please don't hesitate to give us feedback on any aspect of the Games, both successes and opportunities for next year. Please also bear in mind that we have a small band of very dedicated committee members which currently number under ten - we would like to make further enhancements but are prevented from so-doing due to low numbers. We have lots of other people to whom we are very grateful that provide Games Day help (eg Games Week events, erection of tents & beer tent staffing), but we REALLY DO need more people to join the committee this year. The current committee has secured the viability and running of YOUR HIGHLAND GAMES for the last seven years, but it's high time that we had some new additions. (note - we don't have many meetings through the year, and they are never lengthy - please look out for details of the AGM and think hard about coming along!
Thanks to all of our supporters and sponsors - whether you donated a raffle prize, dressed your shop window, put an advert in the programme, or just helped us out with lots of other things... and my very special thanks to Secretary Lynn Callan, Treasurer David Rollo, and all of our committee members who made the 2017 Games such a big, big success - well done to you all !
3rd Saturday in June - 2018 - see you there!
2018 (57th) Highland Games
Saturday 16th June 2018
The Glebe, Lesmahagow
SatNav: ML11 0DB
M74 Southbound - JUNCTION 9
M74 Northbound - JUNCTION 10
Games start around 12noon
FREE ENTRY FOR ALL !!
Anyone wishing to take part in the Procession or Decorated Scarecrow Competion please contact the Secretary Lynn Callan to register firstname.lastname@example.org or 894514
Chieftain's Procession - Abbeygreen
FROM AROUND 11.45am
RSPBA Pipe Band Competition
Heavy Events, Dancing Display
Junior Athletics, Side Shows
and more events being lined up...
For all trader enquiries - please contact
David Rollo, on 07710-576849, or email email@example.com
we have various pitches available around the Games arena to suit all sizes...
Please state dimensions required and type of stall when making application...
GAMES DAY PROGRAMME 2018
10.40 Floats assemble at Woodpark Primary
11.00 Judging of the Floats
11.15 Chieftain's Procession leaves Woodpark Primary
11.40 Chieftain's Procession leaves Turfholm
11.45 Chieftains Procession on Abbeygreen
12.00 Chieftain's Procession arrives The Glebe
12.15 Crowning Event - Main Stage
12.25 Chieftian Opens 57th Highland Games
12.30 Heavyweight Contest begins
13.00 RSPBA contest commences
13.00 Highland Dancing Display commences
14.00 Junior Athletics
16.00 Heavyweight awards & presentations to Highland Dancers by the Tartan Queen & her Court
16.30 Massed Bands assemble
16.35 RSPBA Prize Giving
16.55 Pipe Bands' March Past
17.00 Bands Beat the Retreat on Abbeygreen
Please Note: All timings are approximate
please arrive early to avoid disappointment!