All set for popular historic Cortachy Highland Games

Some of the Kirrie knitters hard at work in the Wool and Baby Ware shop on Thursday for the Cortachy fayre. They are, from left - Christine Kallock, Anne Stuart, Liz Ross, Christine Findlay and Ann McMillan.
Some of the Kirrie knitters hard at work in the Wool and Baby Ware shop on Thursday for the Cortachy fayre. They are, from left - Christine Kallock, Anne Stuart, Liz Ross, Christine Findlay and Ann McMillan.

The historic Cortachy Highland Games and Flower show takes place within the grounds of Cortachy Castle on Sunday.

The popular event, which has taken place within the beautiful grounds of Cortachy Castle since the 1880s, will begin at 1 p.m.

The event is recognised as a very traditional highland games that retains its charm; each year it gives a warm and friendly welcome to everyone from all over Scotland and around the world.

It is a fun day out for all; families love it as there are many displays and activities for everyone to see and take part in, including children’s races, fancy dress competitions, flower and handy crafts in the industrial shows and competitions, traditional heavy events, tug of war, highland dancing, a piping competition, photographic competition, a dog show and the more traditional and somewhat chaotic dog race.

Look out for the amusing exhibits from members of the Kirriemuir knitting group which meets every Thursday in the Wool and Baby Wear shop in The Glengate.

Members have been busy knitting a selection of Scottish items, ranging from Highland cows and hedgehogs to Dundee ‘peh’s and Tunnock’s tea-cakes!

The games’ climax is the famous duck race down the River South Esk, and the games close with a great auction of much of the produce exhibited in the main marquee. A variety of stalls, including those with local home-made choices, Fair Trade clothing, locally sourced foods and other foods and refreshments including Aberdeen Angus beef burgers, Visocchi’s ice cream and a bar, are all on site.

This year the annual games raffle has once again amazing prizes, including four cash prizes of £50 each (donated by the games committee), a canvas (donated by Jack MacDonald Paintings), B&B for two at the Glen Clova Hotel (donated by Glen Clova Hotel), lunch or dinner for four at the Drovers Inn, Memus (donated by The Drovers Inn), £50 Tesco token (donated by THL Haulage), £50 garden voucher (donated by Miss Noelle Batchellor), £20 voucher for briquettes (donated by Kirriemuir Briquette Company Ltd.), £15 Voucher (donated by Thrums Vet Group), case of wine (donated by David Laird), six bottles of wine (donated by James Strathearn), three bottles of wine (donated by Lt Col Andrew Houston) and numerous other prizes.

More information on the games, along with details of the events, how to take part, display and sell your crafts is available from the games website www.cortachygames.co.uk

Additional information of this year’s games and flower show can be obtained from Jane McEwen on 01307 466295 or by e-mailing janemcewen@btinternet.com