Inverclyde Council has this morning announced a welcome £6,000 funding boost from VisitScotland, through its events directorate EventScotland for the Gourock Highland Games (GHG). Chieftain of last year’s Games, Provost Robert Moran, and VisitScotland Regional Director Annique Armstrong were in Gourock with some of the event’s stars; piper Ryan Turley and highland dancer Lauren Young, to mark 100 days until the event gets underway.
The GHG, now in its 59th year, will form part of Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink celebrations by establishing a food and drink village at Gourock Park to promote local Scottish producers and fayre. The main events, including the pipers, highland dancers and heavy competitions, will still take centre stage, however it is hoped that the new food and drink offering will attract an additional audience who haven’t experienced a highland games event before.
Provost Robert Moran said: “The GHG is a highlight in Inverclyde’s event calendar, so I am delighted EventScotland has enabled us to expand the event and enhance the visitor experience. The Inverclyde community are continually supportive of the event, but it is also an invaluable opportunity to promote the area to visitors who come to listen to pipers or watch the Highland dancers. We look forward to working with EventScotland and thank them for their support.”
Annique Armstrong said: “The Gourock Highland Games plays a key role in driving domestic tourism for Inverclyde which in turn generates a significant amount of money for the local economy; with businesses reaping the benefits of additional visitor spend. I am delighted that our investment will enable the event to grow and develop this year, and with a strong food and drink element the GHG will have its strongest and most diverse programme ever.”
This year’s GHG is set for Sunday 10th May at Gourock Park, Inverclyde. Further information for spectators and traders can be found at www.gourockhighlandgames.org.uk.