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Global feel to Highland Games

[Article from The Courier-Tuesday May 9th]


This year's Markinch Highland Games is likely to attract it's largest number of overseas visitors.

The event on June 4 is one of only a handful of Highland games included in a year long programme to celebrate Scotland's ancient traditions and history, as part of the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.

Markinch was chosen as it stages the oldest pipe band contest in the country, with the top band on the day carrying off the impressive 3ft high Burgh Shield which dates back to the early 1920's.

Games secretary Shane Fenton said: ''since the turn of the year i have been answering enquiries from all over the world from people who will be visiting Scotland at the time of the games.

'' I put it down to being included in the year's programme.
'' Our games have always been popular but we never class ourselves as being one of the main tourist games so it's been a bit of a boost for us.''

He added:''People have been asking about the pipe band contest and one even asked what time do they throw the big wooden branch[caber].''

Adding to the international flavour, Bob Fenwick the mayor of Markinch in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, named after settlers from the Fife town will visit this years games.
He will be bringing goods from Canada to give out as prizes.

Published: 2017-05-09 21:42:57