Inverclyde Council has announced that the Chieftain for this year’s Gourock Highland Games will be long term campaigner for the elderly, Nell McFadyen, and this morning Provost Robert Moran welcomed Nell to Greenock’s Municipal Buildings to make the announcement.
Nell has been campaigning for and supporting Inverclyde’s elderly residents for over twenty years and her accomplishments have been recognised nationally on numerous occasions; she was awarded a MBE, has visited 10 Downing Street and attended the Queen’s Garden Party.
She is Chair of the Inverclyde Elderly Forum and was the founding member, now honorary president, of Inverclyde’s Your Voice, an organisation which aims to empower local people to influence the planning, development and provision of local services, specifically focusing on underrepresented groups who face discrimination and social exclusion.
Provost Robert Moran said: “The position of Chieftain of the Gourock Highland Games is a fantastic way of recognising the achievements of an Inverclyde resident and Nell has achievements in abundance. Nell has worked tirelessly for a great many years ensuring the elderly are looked after, treated with respect and I am thrilled that we are able to recognise and celebrate all she has done.”
Speaking on her appointment as Chieftain, Nell said: “I am absolutely delighted to be given this opportunity. I never expected to be recognised in this way so I was very surprised when I was asked, but I am extremely honoured and very much looking forward to what I am sure will be a great day.”
This year’s Gourock Highland Games is set for Sunday 10th May at Gourock Park, Inverclyde. Gates open at noon when there will be pipers, highland dancers and heavyweight competitors entertaining spectators all afternoon. Also as part of Scotland’s Year of Food & Drink celebrations and with support from EventScotland, part of VisitScotland, there will be a wide array of Scottish produce on offer plus fantastic activities to keep children entertained. Further information can be found at www.gourockhighlandgames.org.uk.