Highland Games come alive for the 89th year in Forres

GRANT PARK OPENS up again today (Saturday) for another celebration just two weeks after hosting an amazing Piping at Forres.

Forres Highland Games brings the town its annual celebration of traditional Scottish sport, music and entertainment.

The gates will open from 11:30am with proceedings getting under way with a Massed Pipe Band march up Forres High Street in time for the Opening Ceremony at 12:30pm. The opening will be carried out by this year’s Games Chieftain, Mr Alan James, a local Forres man, and Managing Director of A J Engineering & Construction Services.

Grant Park will come alive with the best competition from track and field athletes, the “heavies”, highland dancers, solo pipers, grass track cyclists, tug’o’war and pipe bands who will all compete and entertain the spectators in what is always a colourful and enjoyable Scottish highland gathering.

Included in the afternoon programme of culture and sport is the North of Scotland Track Championship in cycling and also on two wheels is the very popular and unique “message bike” race for young spectators to take part in with the chance of scooping the Grant Dawson Trophy.

Runners can also sign up on the day to take part in the 10k Road Race. Described as a scenic, undulation course, it’s a route that will test the legs as runners battle it out for individual and team prizes.

With on-site food, shopping stalls, entertainments, a licensed bar and a seated area to cheer on the competitors from, it’s a fun packed day out for all the family to enjoy.

The staging of the 89th Games is only achievable through the dedication of the unpaid hard working Games Committee, volunteer judges and local helpers, and the loyal support and generosity of local benefactors and businesses.

Parking is free with the gates opening at 11.30am, entry is £6 or £4 for concessions while U-16s will pay just £2.