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2021 (59th) Highland Games

21st August 2021

From: David Abercrombie, Chairman Lesmahagow Highland Games Society

This event was the first Highland Games anywhere in Scotland since 2019, with all other events being cancelled for the last two successive years.

59th Lesmahagow Chieftain Walter Paterson opened the Games, which saw three pipe bands performing (Coalburn IOR, Strathaven & District & East Kilbride) and highland dancing from Motherwell's Funtastica dance group. The spectators were also entertained by three local guest singers - Drew Gupwell, Craig Fullerton & Steffi Rollo.

Chieftain Walter was chosen as a long standing member of Lesmahagow's Male Voice Choir, celebrating their centenary year in 2020.

The Chieftain's Procession was followed by the Crowning of the Tartan Queen Lexie Donald, accompanied by Tartan Princesses Beth Canning & Eilidh Capmbell and Clansmen David Gardiner & Leon Davis. 

In spite of the rain, a great turnout was seen in the village for the procession, followed by the Crowning event at the village's newest licensed premises Harris & Ollies. It was just fantastic to see the return of spectator events of this kind, and for each of the pipe bands & dancers - this was their first engagement in almost two years!

A big thanks to all those who attended our Games Day and made it a special day to remember!"

Lesmahagow Highland Games 

Update as at 26th July 2021

This has been the most challenging of years in terms of tyring to organise a Highland Games event for the village, due to conditions resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Much of what the committee has planned for the postponed Games Day has been met variously with rejection, unavailability and severe restriction. We have had to lodge applications based on the different Covid levels, and we have considered what events could be held in each of Levels 2, Zero and Freedom Day+, which may or not be Monday 9th August.

SLC (who have always provided us with an outstanding service in the past), have written to the committee to say that they are unable to support any kind of event at The Glebe, even when ALL restrictions end, due to a shortage of manpower resulting from their efforts in supporting the Covid-19 response. Without this support it’s just not feasible for a small committee to try and run an event on the park.

You may be aware that there have been no Highland Games events or Pipe Band competitions held in the UK this year.

However, we are still going to hold a Chieftain’s Procession, and a Crowning event, but this has to take place off-SLC land. We will also be having several Games Week events as usual. There will be Pipe Bands, & Highland Dancing, with various other acts being lined up. The Crowning Event and entertainment will be on our normal Highland Games Stage, which this year will be located within the grounds of the newly opened Harris & Ollie's in Kelso Avenue.

Please be aware that even In Level 0, we are still faced with several challenging restrictions for both these events, and have had to submit both plans and risk assessments to SLC on this basis. For example, numbers attending the Chieftains Procession are limited, we have to record Track & Trace information for all involved, observe 1m+ social distancing, and have controlled entry and exit to the Crowning Event.

Shortly you will see details on this page and our website detailing what’s on and when.

What you can be sure of is that we will make this the best day possible, and still put on a show that will give the Chieftain, Tartan Queen & her Court a day to remember!

And that date once again is – Saturday 21st August 2021



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