Ballater Highland Games 2017

What a fabulous day we had at this year’s Games, when we welcomed both our Chieftain, Captain Alwyne Farquharson M.C. of Invercauld to his 69th year as our Chieftain, as well as our President Sir Andrew Walker-Okeover Bt. 

What more could we ask for - wonderful sunshine all day long; quite possibly our biggest ever number of spectators, including visitors from so many different countries; a huge turnout of our wonderful Patrons; hard fought competitions throughout the day; and six great Pipe Bands, including our own Ballater Pipe Band, and a guest band from Switzerland.
Thanks to all our wonderful volunteer helpers – we can’t do it without you!

The Chieftain made presentations of certificates from the Scottish Highland Games Association to committee members Scott Fraser, Alan Mitchell, and Betty Simpson, recognising their exceptional service and commitment to Highland Games, and we also presented Betty with a Ballater Games Shield, in recognition of her fantastic 50 years of working for the Games. 

We had a very special visit from the Charity “Give them a sporting chance”, bringing around fifty children from abroad who had experienced many problems in their home country and who now live in Scotland. We were told the children could have chosen any sporting or recreational Chance anywhere, but chose Ballater Games for a first experience of Scotland’s Highland Games. The Committee was delighted to have our Games chosen, and was delighted to hear that they had a wonderful time. We wish them well.

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