Copyright © 2006 Invergordon off the Wall
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Invergordon Highland Gathering
Saturday 28 August 2010
The date of the Highland Gathering is fixed, so make a note in your diary for the fourth Saturday of August every year.
Highland games events rely heavily on enthusiastic volunteers. If you would like to help please contact Highland Games secretary on 01862 893952
The Invergordon Highland Games Committee and the South Lodge School Community Wing Management Committee worked with artist Alan Potter on the design for the mural which is situated on the Launderette gable.
A brief synopsis from Alan Potter about his design.
This mural depicts the various events which appear annually at Invergordon Highland Gathering. The composition is divided into two areas which illustrate the way the games are organised.
The heavy events and High jump take place within the central arena. Heavy events include tossing the caber, throwing the hammer, throwing the weight and putting the shott.
Outside the ring, which takes the form of an interlocking golden Celtic pattern set against a purple background there are the other events such as Children’s events i.e. egg and spoon race ; sack race , athletics, cycle racing, highland dancing and piping .
Alan Potter 3rd May 2007
A brief history of the Invergordon Games, provided by the Games Committee is as follows:-
Sporting events at Highland Games can be traced back over a thousand years, with their origins in the trials set by ancient Kings and Clan Chiefs who aimed to find the swiftest messengers and strongest warriors. The loyal servants of old are represented by today's athletes. The Invergordon Highland Games has been around for over 100 years and was held in September of each year to coincide with the arrival of the naval fleet.
Ship versus Ship, as well as Army versus Navy events fostered a healthy and highly competitive atmosphere with many coveted trophies being awarded.
If you want to compete in the Games it is very straightforward, just come along and register on the day.
We now have Piping, a competition for Juniors and Seniors, Highland Dancing, Cycling, Running, Tossing the Caber, Tug Of War, plus light field events.
Our popular tea tent, craft stalls, and bar tent all combine to make the Games a day out to enjoy. Of course, no games would be complete without the Hercher's sideshows which have been in operation almost from the instigation of the Highland Gathering and is an institution in itself.