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The organisers of Forres Highland Games are looking for volunteer helpers


By Garry McCartney

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Volunteers at Piping At Forres, the European Pipe Band Championships in Grant Park.
Volunteers at Piping At Forres, the European Pipe Band Championships in Grant Park.

VOLUNTEERS are needed for an annual event that has been running for nearly a century.

Helpers are being invited to set up in the Forres Highland Games arena at Grant Park, hand out programmes and generally assist in making the day itself run smoothly.

Games secretary, Mike Scott confirmed that, now in its 94th anniversary of the founding of the games, this year’s event will take place on July 2.

He said: "This is a great opportunity to get involved in an event that has been part of the community for decades.

"The Forres Highland Games is a great day out so, as well as being able to provide much-needed help, volunteers will also enjoy themselves!"

He added: "We have hundreds of competitors taking part in numerous events which include a 10K road race, the main traditional events such as tossing the caber and the shot-put, Highland dancing and the massed pipe bands.

"We also have a number of trade stalls, and visitors who come from all over the world. All of this needs management.

"We require help with marshalling and to ensure the park stays looking tidy and, of course, people to help provide our thousands of visitors with information."

Forres Highland Games 2019...Picture: Becky Saunderson. Image No.044383.
Forres Highland Games 2019...Picture: Becky Saunderson. Image No.044383.

Gates for Games Day will open at 11.30am. Forres and District Pipe Band will start with a procession through the centre of town before the games flag is raised above the arena, with events starting at 12.30pm.

Visitors will be able to enjoy fairground attractions, face painting, a beer tent, solo piping and other activities. There are also over 40 stalls showcasing producers and crafters from across the region.

Former Moray Council leader and Forres Academy teacher, George Alexander, has been selected as this year’s Games chieftain. George is still involved in a number of organisations including Forres Heritage Trust and the Forres Community Activities Association.

Tickets for the event can be bought online from www.forreshighlandgames.com or at the gates. Forres Highland Games pages are available on Facebook and Twitter.

To find out more about volunteering email info@forreshighlandgames.com



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