It is with great enthusiasm that the Committee of the Aberdeen Highland Games brings you the 21st running of the event in 2021 after having to cancel in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
We have taken the additional time to bring this year’s Games to you in a way that will keep us all safe.
The Chief of the Day for this year is Ian McPhee. Ian has a background in agriculture having graduated from Wagga Agricultural College and then worked as an agronomist. In morerecent years he has followed his interest in Scottish history by ensured that clan histories have been recorded. This has taken him to Scotland on numerous occasions. To this end Ian has written three books on Scottish Clan histories both in Australia and Scotland. He has been a member of the Macfie Clan Society for over 40 years and is the Society’s chief historian and armiger. He was granted arms in 2016.
We have had to make a few changes this year due to Covid-19. For the first time all ticket sales are online. Also, all attendees will be required to “check in” through the QR code method at the gate. We will sadly, not be holding the Ceilidh in the evening or the Tug of War, which is always very entertaining.
As with previous years, there will be a broad array of stalls for you to peruse throughout the day. The pipe bands will be playing and competing all day and there will be Highland Dancers also performing on the stage area. The Kilted Warriors have always been a popular part of the Games and they will be showing off their feats of strength. There are always many Clan stalls so that those with an interest Scottish ancestry can follow their Clans background and meet current Clan members. We are also pleased to bring the Federation Guard precision drill team to the Games again this year. Their displays are always one of the highlights of the day.
I have enjoyed taking on the role of President this year following in the footsteps of Charles Cooke. While Charles has been a wonderful President for a number of years, and it is worth noting that he was the instigator of the Games back in 2000. I believe he has overseen the creation of an event that the whole district can be very proud of.
I would like to thank the Aberdeen Highland Games committee for all their hard work in bringing the Games together again and also thank all the sponsors.
Nicola O’Driscoll – President