Nostalgic return to Rosneath for games chieftain

Rosneath Peninsula Highland Gathering is set to go ahead on Sunday and organisers are hoping for a large turnout to help ensure the event’s future.

Craig Mearns went to school in Rosneath

Because Rosneath has the biggest and most prestigious solo piping competition on the games circuit gates open at 9am for the start of the event and all stalls and sides shows will be on field by 10am.

The usual Highland Games Heavy events will be held including of course the Clach Mackenny hill race and a wide range of running and cycling events.

Highland dancers from all over Helensburgh and Lomond and even further field will compete for the honours in the dancing competitions.

Around the field this year there will be the popular Yankee Flyer, walking on water and children’s rides as well as craft stalls, foods stalls, the beer tent and a wide variety of side shows and souvenir stalls.

The formal Games will begin with a parade through Rosneath from 12.30pm led by the Chieftain Captain Craig Mearns RN, Captain HM Naval Base Clyde , the games chairman Robert MacIntyre and the Clan Colquhoun Pipe Band.

Highland dancing will start at 11am and the heavy events and cycling will start at 1pm.

Captain Mearns said: “The gathering is run by volunteers, funded by local businesses and organisations, for the benefit of all in the local community and visitors alike, who all want to share in and enjoy a memorable experience.

“It is a particular privilege for me to be attending in the capacity of chieftain as I lived on the Peninsula for a few years as a young boy and attended Rosneath Primary School from 1975 to 1977 – so if you are around 51 years old and attended Rosneath Primary School we may have been in the same class!

“It’s great to come back and if you see me walking the field please come and say hello – I would love to meet you and have a chat. After all, that is what a gathering is all about!”

Mr MacIntyre said: “First established in 1979, the gathering is now in to its 38th year and the Rosneath competitions have earned an international reputation, attracting competitors from around the world.

“Come and join us on Sunday and enjoy the colour and spectacle of a traditional village Highland Games as well as all the other attractions that are laid on to make this a very special family day out.”