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Jul 3, 2021
© Author Paul Smith The Duke of Rothesay with Highland dancers at the 2019 Glenisla gathering. The Duke of Rothesay has sent a morale-boosting message to Highland Games organisers who face another blank summer calendar. For the second year in succession the pandemic has decimated the traditional events which inject more than more than £25 million into the Scottish economy each year. Braemar – the Royal family’s favourite – was cancelled in April for the second successive year. Caber-tossing action at Pitlochry Highland Games. Perth, scheduled for the end of August, is one of the latest to pull the plug on 2021. They said: “We have held out for as long as possible in order to determine if staging the games was viable. “However, given the many variables and uncertainty still surrounding events in August, we have decided to concentrate on producing a virtual games, which we have secured funding to do, rather than proceed with what could be a sub-standard event.” Prince Charles, who is patron of the Scottish Highland Games Association governing body, has shared his sadness over the season wipe-out. In the video message he said: “These events are absolutely pivotal to the identity of their communities and are a showcase for Scottish tradition.” The widespread cancellations were described by him as a “source of great sadness.” “They will leave a huge voids in many people’s lives. “Let us look forward to that day when we can all be together to re-invigorate our Highland Games in 2022.” One of the last Highland Games’ the Duke of Rothesay attended was a surprise August 2019 to help celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Glenisla gathering.