Southend’s small but mighty Highland games make comeback

A team from Campbeltown Young Farmers was victorious the men's tug of war.
A team from Campbeltown Young Farmers was victorious the men's tug of war.

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Southend might be small but the village’s Highland games had everything its larger counterparts have to offer.

From athletics and heavy events to piping and Highland dancing, last Saturday’s event had more than enough to keep the whole family entertained.

And although the weather was dull and overcast, the atmosphere was anything but.

There were flat races of varying distances for men, women and children, as well as high jump, shot putt, weight over bar, caber tossing, stone throwing, throwing weight, broom throwing and tyre tossing.

There was also a very successful tug of war competition, which 10 teams entered, including men’s, ladies’ and children’s teams.

The men’s competition was won by Campbeltown Young Farmers, while a team called ‘The Pullers’ was victorious in the ladies’ event.

Alongside the traditional events, horse trekking and riding centre Wilder Ways offered pony rides, Funky Chicken children’s entertainer turned her hand to face painting, there were various stalls, a raffle, beat the goalie and Campbeltown Young Farmers held ‘guess the sweets in the jar’ and ‘guess the balloons in the tractor’ competitions.

An event spokesperson said: ‘We were delighted to finally be able to host the first Southend Highland Games since 2019, 70 years since the Highland games restarted in Southend in 1952.

‘It was fantastic to see so many people come along and support the games on Saturday night – we had a very successful evening and hope everyone enjoyed it as much as we did.

‘We would like to say a huge thank you to all the competitors and spectators as well as to the local businesses and sponsors, without whose support the games couldn’t go ahead. We are extremely grateful and look forward to 2023!’

Southend Highland Games 2022 results: 100 yards men: 1 Stuart McConnachie, 2 Robert Kerr, 3 Ryan Johnston. 100 yards ladies: 1 Lasma Kirmuska, 2 Caryn Kerr, 3 Patricia Brierly. 220 yards men: 1 Alex McSween, 2 Drew Dutton, 3 Isaac Wright. 220 yards ladies: 1 Jennifer Martin, 2 Lasma Kirmuska, 3 Katherine MacPherson. 440 yards men: 1 Drew Dutton, 2 Robert Kerr, 3 Alex McSween. 440 yards ladies: 1 Caryn Kerr, 2 Lasma Kirmuska, 3 Vaida Urbiete. Half-mile men: 1 Drew Dutton, 2 Robert Kerr, 3 Connor Morris. Half-mile ladies: 1 Jennifer Martin. Mile men: 1 Drew Dutton, 2 Donny Campbell. Mile ladies: 1 Jennifer Martin, 2 Caryn Kerr. High jump men: 1 Luke Bassinger, 2 Paul Deary. High jump ladies: no entries. Shot putt men: 1 Paul Deary, 2 Robert Grant, 3 Midge. Shot putt ladies: 1 Caryn Kerr, 2 Lynsey MacPhail, 3 Jennifer Martin. Weight over bar: 1 Robert Grant, 2 Paul Deary. Caber: 1 Paul Deary,

2 Robert Grant, 3 Stuart McConnachie. Stone standing throw: 1 Robert Grant, 2 Paul Deary, 3 Richard Semple. Throwing weight: 1 Paul Deary, 2 Robert Grant, 3 Stuart McConnachie. Broom throwing: 1 Lasma Kirmuska, 2 Tracy Scanlon, 3 Lynsey MacPhail. Tyre tossing: 1 Robert Grant, 2 Paul Deary, 3 Stuart McConnachie.

Trophies: Open Cup: Paul Deary; Carskiey Cup, men: Drew Dutton; Carskiey Cup, ladies, joint winners: Jennifer Martin and Caryn Kerr; Kevin Scally Mile Cup: Drew Dutton; John Cameron Memorial Quaich: Stuart McConnachie; Neil-John McCorkindale Memorial Cup: Paul Deary.