Prince Charles is stepping up to the plate to help safeguard one of his Royal Patronages.
The Prince of Wales, or Duke of Rothesay when in Scotland, is setting forth a plan to help the Mey Highland Games stay around.
Starting next year, a programme where Caithness secondary school students will learn about the Highland Games through their own training. The Scottish Highland Games Association will help achieve this.
Before Prince Charles supporting the games, the Queen Mother was a big supporter of them
Chairman of the Mey Games committee, Barry Butler told The Scotsman: “This year, the Mey Games is going to be much larger than previous years, with 50 stalls.
“With the assistance of HRH The Duke of Rothesay, North Coast 500, and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, it will provide a great day for all the family, with a dog show, craft, food and charity stalls, children’s races, pipe bands, heavy display, local live music and, of course, the traditional tug o’ war.”
President of The Scottish Highland Games Association, Charlie Murray added on: “The Mey Games like so many others around Scotland survive through the hard work and good will of so many people.
“They are a vital part of local tradition and remain a key asset to local tourism. The SHGA is very proud to be taking a supportive role for the very first time this year to assist our new Patron HRH The Duke of Rothesay to develop the games at Mey and retain the small friendly feel they have had for so many years.”
Capt Richard Ottley, chairman of the Wick, Canisbay and Latheron branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland is hoping that Highland Games competitors will join in and train the youth. Plans are for a fund to help provide equipment and expenses is in the works.
The ultimate end goal would be for school programmes through out the Highlands.