Cultural events to benefit from Argyll and Bute Council funding support
Free pictures on behalf of West Dunbartonshire council. 2019 Loch Lomond Highland games at the Moss O’ Balloch. A record number of visitors turned out to watch the popular annual Loch Lomond Highland Games at Balloch today. More than 9,000 visitors attended the event, in Moss OÕBalloch Park, for a range of traditional highland game competitions including cycling, running, hammer throwing and heavy weights and the traditional tossing of the caber and tug-of-war. Dancers entertained the crowds by performing traditional highland dances with their immaculate costumes and perfect hair, and spectators enjoyed music from Helensburgh Clan Colquhoun and Tulliallan pipes and drums. The popular games welcomed visitors from as far afield as Germany and Canada who travelled to Scotland to enjoy the traditional Scottish games and was broadcasted to millions of viewers in China watching Chinese travel programme ÔZhuÕs life in BritainÕ. Aynsley Gouck, Assistant Director of Niagra Highland Dance Academy, said ÒWe are over from Ontario Canada and we are attending four Highland Games during our visit. We love Balloch itÕs a beautiful area of Scotland and weÕve been looking forward to our visit. The Highland Dancing competition is very well organised and the girls are very honoured to be dancing in Scotland.Ó German friends Tina and Arthur Helbig and Kirsten and Volber Rademacher, said: ÒWe are in Scotland for 10 days and although weÕre not staying in Balloch we couldnÕt miss this event. ItÕs a great to see all the smart girls in their beautiful Highland dress and hear the pipe band. We are very excited to be here today.Ó West Dunbartonshire Council leader Jonathan McColl, said: “This yearÕs event was a fantastic day and helped by the wonderful weather. Well done to all the competitors for putting on a great show and thanks to the spectators for encouraging the athletes and putting on a great show. ItÕs always lovely to meet visitors who have travelled around the world to attend this great event. I am proud of our Scottish heritage and the Games are a great way for tourists and visitors to get a true taste of Scotland. Well done to the GamesÕ committee, West Dunbartonshire Leisure Trust and West Dunbartonshire Council on organising yet another hugely successful event.Ó The Chieftain of the Loch Lomond Highland Games, Major James Macrae said: “I am delighted with this yearÕs event which has been a great success and has been very well attended. WeÕve been really fortunate with the weather the last two years and we are grateful to the thousands who came along, which is great testament to everyone involved in organising the Games. Over the years, the games have attracted contestants and spectators from home and abroad every year and I would like to thank everyone who played their part in making this yearÕs games a huge success. On behalf of the committee, I would like to thank our contestants and sponsors, in particular West Dunbartonshire Council and West Dunbartonshire Leisure Trust, for their continued support.” For a full round up of results please visit Loch Lomond High Games website at http://www.llhgb.com
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Cowal and Oban Highland Games will benefit from this.
By Aileen MacLennan
Ten cultural events across Argyll and Bute are set to share funding of £90,000 following agreement at a meeting of the Council’s Policy and Resources Committee.
The Helensburgh Winter Festival is one of them.
The events funded are:
- Cowal Highland Gathering
- William Fife Classic Yacht Regatta
- Helensburgh Winter Festival
- Carradale Music Festival
- Jura Music Festival
- Mull of Kintyre Music Festival
- Mull Rally
- Tiree Wave Classic
- Oban Games
- Bute Noir
The fund was launched in 2018 to enable organisations involved in the running of events and festivals to bid for financial support.
Following changes to the application process introduced by the Council earlier this year, the Fund now focuses on events which will generate the maximum economic value for Argyll and Bute.
Ten applications were submitted to this year’s funding round and have now been approved.
Depute Policy Lead for Economic Growth, Councillor Jim Anderson said: “Argyll and Bute is very fortunate in playing host to such a wide range of cultural events encompassing everything from literary and music festivals to Highland games and sport.
“The Fund is supporting events that are set to contribute significantly to the culture, heritage and economy of Argyll and Bute, and will have a strong appeal for local, national and international audiences.”
All the events receiving funding support will be held between 1st April 2020 and 28 Feb 2021.