Some-fling for all

Highland Games competitor Malcolm s Clark, Pipe Major Iain MacDonald Neilston and District Pipe Band, Highland Dance competitor, Grace Whiye (5), Miss Scotland  Jennifer Reoch,  Kira Ewing (11), first time competitors local strong men from East Ren, Gavin Dalgleish and Kenny McDonnell.
Highland Games competitor Malcolm s Clark, Pipe Major Iain MacDonald Neilston and District Pipe Band, Highland Dance competitor, Grace Whiye (5), Miss Scotland Jennifer Reoch, Kira Ewing (11), first time competitors local strong men from East Ren, Gavin Dalgleish and Kenny McDonnell.

THE Highland games season kicks off at Rouken Glen Park on Saturday.

Hometown hero Gregor Edmunds — who is both a former Cowal games champion and a former Williamwood high school pupil — will attempt to retain his title.

Activities, which include caber tossing and hammer throwing, starting at 11am with full games beginning at midday.

This year East Renfrewshire has its very own local team competing in the Strong Man competition while lively drum and pipe combo Clann An Drumma and Neilston pipe band will provide the music.

Spectators will also have the chance to see a Highland dancing competition from Myra Miller Dance School, an arts and crafts fair and historical re-enactments.

There’s also a farmers’ market, while mums will have a chance to give it some welly during the welly throwing competition.

More than 15,000 people attended the games last year.

Miss Scotland Jennifer Reoch launched the event yesterday at Rouken Glen park.

The 22-year-old former Woodfarm pupil said: “It’s the first of the season and in my old stomping ground.

“This Highland Games is proper, traditional, Scottish entertainment at its best.

“Entry is free and fingers crossed for some sunshine. If not, get your wellies on and come and enjoy the games anyway!”

First time competitors and local strong man team, Lewis Pollock, Kenny McDonnell (28) and Gavin Dalgleish (26) have absolutely no competitive Highland Games experience.

The three chaps are all fitness instructors at Eastwood and Barrhead Sports and Leisure Centres and they are remarkably confident of their chances.

Lewis told The Extra: “We will be put the world champion through his paces to see if he can retain his titles.

“Admittedly he is a foot taller and three feet wider than the three of us put together but we are all training incredibly hard and hoping for some beginner’s luck”.

Other Strong Man teams are from East Kilbride, Ayrshire, Scotstoun, Dennistoun, Dumfries and a team from the Fire Brigade.