Each year we invite a celebrity to be our chieftain for Games day. The chieftain is the figurehead for the Games, helping us promote the event and receiving the salute of the pipe bands in the great march past, which is for many the climax of the day. He or she also presents the prizes to all of our winning bands.
Each year, a very special Chieftain is invited to act as a figurehead for the Games. The Chieftain for the 169th Games in 2021 will be announced closer to the time – keep an eye out here!
In 2019, we were delighted to welcome a very special Chieftain to the 168th Bridge of Allan Highland Games – William Wallace himself!
Well, almost – on the technicality of being over 700 years late to secure the man himself, the 2019 Chieftain was Ian Watt, who also played the character of William Wallace at The National Wallace Monument’s 150th anniversary celebrations. Ian portrayed Wallace at Wallace Wha Hay, a festival taking place on Saturday 14th September 2019 to pay homage to Scotland’s national hero. The festival, two weeks after the Highland Games, was held at Wallace High School, neighbour to Strathallan Games Park. As Chieftain to the Highland Games, ‘William Wallace’ was a figurehead for the event, presenting prizes and receiving the salute of the pipe bands at the end of the day which for many is the climax of the Highland Games.
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