IN Pictures — Gourock Highland Games

9 May, 2022 | Latest Photos, Local

GOUROCK Highland Games made a triumphant return at the weekend with thousands of visitors basking in sunshine for the start of the Scottish season.

The free event, which was curtailed for two years because of the Covid-19 pandemic, returned to a Battery Park on Sunday with large crowds enjoying traditional heavy competitions, dancing, piping and music, as well as a variety of stalls and food stands throughout the day.

Among the competitions were the mini-Highland Games for local school children organised by the council’s active schools/sports development service which saw Gourock Primary take first place with St Mary’s Primary in second and King’s Oak and Ardgowan primaries sharing third spot.

Estimates suggest the attendance at Battery Park was close to pre-pandemic levels of around 10,000.

George McLeary, chieftain of the games, said: “The Gourock Highland Games were sorely missed over the last couple of years so what a way to bounce back with huge crowds throughout the day enjoying top-class entertainment in glorious sunshine.

“It was a great honour for me to be chieftain and I have memories I will cherish forever.

“A huge well done to all the competitors, dancers, pipers and musicians who took part, as well as the many retailers and businesses who were there on the day showcasing what Inverclyde has to offer and to the council and its partners for putting on this wonderful local event.”

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