Birnam Highland Games - Letter from the Chairman 2009


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Letter from the Chairman 2009

The games of 2008 were highly successful, the weather was perfect, the attendance was excellent and there was record entry for all events. This year, we are increasing our athletic events with the addition of a new 100 yard Scottish Medal sponsored by The Perth Arms of Dunkeld. This new race will coincide with our already well-established 800 meter race sponsored by Bidwells Estate Agents.

Guests from our twinned games of Livermore in California were once again in attendance and given a tremendous reception .We look forward to welcoming Maryalice Faltings the President of the LARPD Board to our 2009 event. Maryalice was the original representative who came to Scotland to discuss the possibility of a twinning between our two games. The board are responsible for the running of the Livermore Games. 2007 was the inaugural presentation of the Livermore Shield on behalf of Livermore games to the heavyweight contestant of merit on the day. The Birnam Cup has gone to their Californian equivalent which I have again had the pleasure of presenting in person as the Honorary Chieftain of the Livermore Highland Games in May of this year. I was accompanied by the Secretary of our games, Peter Grieg, and fellow committee member Willie Robertson who is our current World Haggis Eating Champion.

With competition so fierce last year, we will once again hope for a great turn out. But for those not feeling so energetic, there’s always the world famous haggis eating contest which is worth the admission on its own (sponsored by Dunkeld Butchers). As in the past, a bottle of whisky will be given to the furthest-travelled visitor to the games - so please sign in at the Secretary’s tent; you never know, it could be you.

This year’s proceedings will officially start with The Blairgowrie, Rattray & District pipe band who will be playing at the Cross in Dunkeld at 11:45 am. The traditional march to the park which will start at the north car park at 12:30 pm prompt lead by our chieftain Robert Steuart Fothringham.

Our very special guest, the Earl of Eglinton, will be here to commemorate the 170th anniversary of the Atholl Highlanders’ tour to Eglinton which took place in 1839. As part of this anniversary celebration, the Duke of Atholl has allowed the Highlanders to present on the games field with the detachment’s cannon which will be fired to officially open the games.

The committee and I look forward to welcoming you in 2009 and beyond.

Rae Pattillo
Birnam Highland Games