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The Invergordon Archive

Invergordon Highland Gathering
The Invergordon Archive
Invergordon Highland Gathering

The Invergordon Games, maybe 1983? There was a lot more atmosphere there at the old Castle Grounds venue.
Does anybody recognise the cyclist and perhaps pinpoint the year?
Picture added on 05 February 2005
Hello Pat. Your caption suggests that the Games are no longer held at the castle grounds. If this is the case its a bit sad as the Games were a very atmospheric event when I was a kid and the venue contributed a great deal to this. I will never forget the sound and sight of the marine band beating the retreat and the sound of bugles echoing through the trees.....
Added by Bill Geddes on 08 February 2005
The games haven't been held at the Castle grounds for a long time - possibly about 10 years! They are now in the Academy playing fields and the atmosphere is nothing like that of the Castle grounds.
I remember going to the games in the Castle grounds when I was just little. It was a family event and you could spend the whole day there wondering around. Last year there were rumours that they were moving back to the Castle grounds; sadly they were just rumours.
Added by Emma on 12 February 2005
Perhaps the people of Invergordon could press for the event to be moved back to the castle grounds......I am not from the area although I do now live very close by and when I attended the Games last year I was disappointed...it was a shaming event to Invergordon...if the people of Invergordon want their town to be the town it could be then they have to push for things to be done.
Added by Daryl on 24 April 2006
I actually only went once to the Games after they moved the venue. I always made a point of supporting the games and thoroughly enjoyed them when they were at the Castle grounds. The one time I went to the Games on the Rec I was stunned at how shabby the whole thing had become. Come on guys, let's get a Games to be proud of again.
Anonymous comment added on 25 April 2006
With hindsight it is very clear that the original Games Field was quite special - a natural arena surrounded by trees, to the West all the tents and facilities, to the East, just solitary pipers finding space under the trees to tune up and practice - the echoeing of music and the enclosed feeling of an amphitheatre. What a shame that this has all gone. Locals need to campaign for a return? Who owns the land now?
Added by Bill Geddes on 26 April 2006
I may be totally wrong but I remember when the games were moved it was said it was because the landowner (Mckenzies?) took a 'strop' and refused permission to the organisers and they had to be moved. Please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong as I would love to know the correct story.
Added by Jillian on 16 May 2006
Well said Jillian. Do you all realise that if it wasn't for a small group of dedicated Invergordoners, the Games would have ceased to be held long ago. Get off your backsides and enquire about helping with the Games!!!!!!!!!
Added by Darlene MacFarquhar on 31 May 2006
I have worked for a local funfair outfit since the mid 1980s and the old ground was always special. When I come back to Invergordon now I'm very disapointed. We have to club together and sort things out. One day the games can be great again.
James Blair, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria.
Added by James Blair on 15 July 2007
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