Drumtochty Games fall victim to the weather

The soggy summer of 2012 claimed a major victim at the weekend when the annual Drumtochty Highland Games had to be cancelled.

Drumtochty Games were first held in 1977, to mark the Silver Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen.

The following year a local committee continued the games and they have been held every year since, until this year!

The decision to cancel the games was taken very reluctantly on Friday morning after the prolonged rain left the games field and the associated car parks waterlogged, guaranteeing a mudbath if things went ahead.

Former games chairman Jim Brown said: “This would have been the 36th games and we have never had to cancel before.

“We have had some wet years, but we have always managed to get proceedings started.”

Mr Brown explained that the committee have incurred considerable costs, including the hire of a marquee, programmes etc.

“We should be all right financially as as our annual barn dance raises money to help cover the cost of staging the games.”