A packed programme for the 81st Meldrum Sports

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THE 81st Oldmeldrum Sports and Highland Games will be officially opened at 1.30pm on Saturday, June 18, by Christ Chittell.

Chris is well known to everyone as Eric Pollard from the hit ITV soap, Emmerdale.

Dougie Petrie, Chairman of Oldmeldrum Sports said: “We are delighted to have Chris come along and open the Sports. He has strong links to the North East through his charity work and we are delighted that he has found time in his busy filming schedule to come along today and officially open the Sports.”

Events kick off on Friday night in the Marquee with “Friday Night Live”, which this year will be raising money for the Breakthrough Breast Cancer Charity. This years headline act are the world famous “Bloody Marys”. Tickets are available at the door or in advance by following the link at www.oldmeldrumsports.co.uk. Doors open at 9pm so come early.

On Saturday 18th June the Games start at 10.30am with the Glenfiddich Qualifying Heavy Events. The competitors all aged between 18 and 25 years old are all building up their skills to enter the open competitions.

By taking part at Oldmeldrum the youngsters are starting to gather points that they can win by taking part in the events at all the Highland Games in the Grampian area, with the league winner being presented with the championship prize at the end of the season at Braemar Games.

At 1.20pm the massed pipe bands will announce the arrival of celebrity opener, Chris Chittell to the arena.

Following the official opening there will be a display from the Grampian Gymnastics Team. These are girls from all over the area who represent the area at national and international competitions.

Throughout the afternoon in the Marquee there will be a display of Oldmeldrum Sports Memorabilia, this includes programmes, posters and photographs from years gone by.

Also in the marquee there will be regular performances by the well known Children’s entertainers “Allansmagic” a fine blend of magic, comedy and audience participation, promising fun for all of the family.

At 2.15pm the Baby Show will take place in the marquee and will be followed at 3pm by the Fancy Dress competition. Organisers would like as many kids as possible to join in the fun and get dressed up.

Back in the main arena all of the events will be ongoing from the Run 4 It 5 miler and 1 mile kids race to the light events and the Thern Lifting Services European Tug O’War Championship.

Also in the arena there will be performances from the pipe bands and displays from the Drum Majors in the Rollstud Mace O’er the Banner. There will be a display by the Oldmeldrum Shito-Ryu Karate Club, who will be on hand throughout the afternoon in the trade stand area demonstrating their style of karate and giving advice to anyone who is interest in joining the group.

Outside the arena there are a large number of trade stands selling everything from highlandwear to jewellery and also raising money for a wide variety of charities.

Throughout the afternoon the Highland Dancing competitions will be taking place in the various age groups on the dance boards in the arena near the Marquee.

The Heavy Events include throwing the hammer, stones and 28lb weight along with the 56lb weight over the bar culminating in the Midas Financial Solutions (Scotland) British Caber Championship.

About 4.15pm “The Tigers” freefall parachute team of the Princess of Wales Royal Regiment will be dropping in!

As is traditional the afternoons events will draw to a close with the finale of the massed Pipe Bands.

Admission is £6 for adults, £4 for Senior Citizens and £2 for children under 15, children under 5 are free.

On the Saturday night doors open at 9pm for the Marquee Disco where the Nite-Lite Roadshow will keep everyone going until 1am. Entry is £10 at the door.