Yes, it really is nearly time for the 163rd Bridge of Allan Highland Games!
The many months of meetings, painting, application forms, programme planning, grass cutting and strimming are behind us. Then, over the past two weeks, our trusty team of volunteers has errected grandstands; set out dozens and dozens of track-side seats; carried, fixed and leveled highland dancing platforms; lined the athletics tracks; positioned marquees and temporary toilets; heaved those bloomin’ pay booths about and bashed in stakes for the boundary ropes. PHEW!!
Yip, a LOT of hard work goes in to getting everything ready for Games Day and this year has been no exception. Huge thanks go to everyone involved and especially to our ever-lasting chairman, Jimmy Gauld, for keeping everyone right with a pleasant wee nod or a shake of the head.
Thankfully everything is almost ready now and it has to be said – Strathallan Games Park is looking just fabulous. The ground is in tip-top condition and we really are so lucky to have such a wonderful setting, overlooked by the picturesque Ochil Hills and the historic National Wallace Monument.
Now it’s fingers crossed for a touch of sunshine on Sunday and a great day for all our competitors, visitors and of course our invaluable sponsors from Deanston Distillery. We’re also really looking forward to meeting our esteemed chieftain for the day, historian and TV presenter Neil Oliver. We’re even due a walk-on appearance from the Commonwealth Games team from the Pacific island of Niue!
Everyone is very welcome – see you Sunday!