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Glenfinnan Highland Games
Oban Times
August 1975

A helicopter hovering overhead mingled with the sound of the pipes and at times almost drowned the opening speeches at the Glenfinnan Gathering and Highland Games, which were held Saturday, August 19, 1975.  But, for more than 4,000 spectators crowded together on the field, it added a note of excitement and provided a piquant reminder of the noisy present amid memories and traditions of the past.

In declaring the games open, Donald A. Cameron, Younger Lochiel, referred to the past, and said that Glenfinnan, symbolized by the monument to Prince Charles Edward standing beside the field, was synonymous with loyalty.

This loyalty had been entirely unselfish, and many of the 800 Camerons who had marched over the nearby hill to support the Prince had grave doubts as to the possibility of success.  "Out of a sense of duty, they risked and lost everything for an ideal, and these qualities of loyalty and courage should be remembered with pride."

The Younger Lochiel continued, "Many people find it easy to ridicule the traditions of the Highlands and of the clans, but I believe these traditions to be very important.  Some of those who supported Charles Stuart eventually settled abroad and in many cases prospered and filled positions of great importance.  Highlanders in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, America and other parts of the world are among those most loyal.  They love to come back and we like to welcome them and help them to understand their background."

He was introduced as Games Chief by his father, Lochiel, who paid tribute to all those who always work so hard to make Glenfinnan Games such a success.  These included the Convener, Mrs. L. P. Cameron-Head, and Mr. R. MacKallaig, the Secretary.  Lochiel said that one willing helper who would be greatly missed that day was Mr. Allan E. Cameron, Editor of the Oban Times, who was in the hospital following an accident at his home.

In spite of grey skies and occasional showers, various games personalities and colourful visitors were interviewed on the field by a team from London Week-End Television.  One of the team said that Glenfinnan had been chosen by their producer and interviewer, Russel Harty, because he had wanted to show the traditional, friendly, and intimate atmosphere which was so much more apparent at Glenfinnan than at other more publicized games.

Throughout the day, competition was keen in all events, particularly in the local piping competitions, where prizes were shared by three brothers from Glenuig.  In the heavy and athletic events, one man from Arisaign won the hammer throw, putting the ball and caber toss events.  Congratulations to all the participants.