Campbeltown Highland Games heaves into action

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Planning is reaching fever pitch for Campbeltown’s second 21st century Highland Games.

The Saturday September 22 Hospital Field’s event, which was cancelled in 2016, finally launched in May last year and has built on its success to attract a huge number of sponsors.

Leading the charge is Glen Scotia distillery which has given 12 bottles as prizes, will provide drams in the entertainment tent all day which also boasts a number of live music acts and may run a barrel rolling competition.

There is also a beer and catering tent from Argyll Bakeries and Cadenheads will have a stall featuring its whisky, gin and rum.

Further whisky prizes come in the form of special bottles from Springbank and a number of miniatures.

Track and field sponsors include the Courier, Jog Scotland, Active Schools, Campbeltown Running Club, MOK Run, McFadyens Transport Ltd and Campbeltown Young Farmers.

A Highland Games spokesperson said: ‘We have lots of events and races for juniors, men and ladies with cash prizes in each category and trophies for overall winners.

‘In addition there are chocolates for prizes for the popular fun races – sack race, the three legged and wheelbarrow.

‘We’d love to get some team entries in for the Tug of War which offers great cash prizes, whisky and trophies.’

The day kicks off at 1pm, finishing off at 6pm and though there is an entry fee of £5 for adults and £2 for children, which includes a programme and there is no extra charge to take part in any of the events.

Competitors just sign up for free at the secretary’s tent in the middle of the field.

John Armour anchors a 2017 tug o’war team. 20_c20highlandgames22_tug of war

Junior tyre throw. 20_c20highlandgames06_junior tyre throw

Last year’s flying sack race. 20_c20highlandgames17_ flying sack race