The Nairn Royal Brackla Highland Games
Patron – Lord Cawdor
Chief Sponsor – Royal Brackla Distlllery, Nairn.
Convener’s welcome 2016
Today heralds an exciting new chapter in the history of Nairn Games as we begin what we are sure will be a fantastic new partnership with our latest main sponsor – Royal Brackla Whisky.
For the previous 13 years we enjoyed a hugely successful sponsorship with Macallan. But, as in most things in life, things never stay the same forever and we extend a warm welcome today to everyone from Royal Brackla Whisky and we look forward to working with them in this new era for the Games.
I would also like to thank former Nairn Councillor Colin Macaulay for the part he played in securing this wonderful sponsorship. Without his intervention it might never have happened. So on behalf of myself, the Games committee and the people of Nairn – a huge “thank you”, Colin.
While Royal Brackla Whisky’s investment in the Games is very welcome it is probably a good time to highlight the difficulties we face in balancing the books every year and the tight reins we have to pull on to ensure that the only free Games in Scotland continues.
A vital part of our income is the traditional bucket collections around the arena on Games Day and I would appeal to everyone to be as generous as they can when our volunteers go around. Every penny really does count and if the weather isn’t as good as it has been in some years, then there will be a significant drop in our revenue. Thankfully, the weather has been quite kind in recent years and in one recent year it was excellent and a record collection of nearly £4000 was realised.
“Friends of Nairn Games” can also contribute on an annual basis (by direct debit) and there will be the opportunity today for anyone wishing to sign up.
Without your generosity and the support of our funding partners, the scale of the Games as they are just now could not continue.
We also receive a proportion of the rent paid to the Council by the Showies; however, our new sponsorship with Royal Brackla Whisky, coming straight on the back of Macallan pulling out, has come as a very welcome boost.
We are, of course, keeping our fingers crossed for the sun to shine and bring the crowds out to enjoy one of the biggest days in the Nairn events calendar.
Today our parade from Viewfield will again see the Colour Parties of a number of Royal British Legion clubs in the area taking part, including our own Nairn RBL Club. Last year their attendance was to mark the centenary of the start of World War I and it is on the same theme that we welcome them all back again this year.
Another group taking part in the parade for the first time is Nairn Citizens Advice Bureau. It was 20 years ago in June that the bureau first opened and since then it has gone from strength to strength, becoming one of the most efficient and successful CABs in the country.
Today sees them sponsor the men’s 400m race and the winner will receive the inaugural Nairn CAB 20th Anniversary Trophy 2015, which will then be presented annually.
Another new trophy the Jean Laurenson Trophy has been donated by the Nairn Ceilidh Group, for which we thank them.
Games Day is a very special one for Nairnites, many travelling from the four corners of the world to attend and, as convener, it is my pleasure to welcome you all – whether your journey has been long or short – and I hope you enjoy an afternoon of massed pipe bands, athletics, dancing and piping.
And don’t forget, for a full round up of results and pictures from today’s Games, don’t miss this Tuesday’s Nairnshire Telegraph.