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Date: Saturday, 16th May 2020
Contributor: John Hughes - HQ

Lothian and Borders Branch - Peebles 2020 - CANCELLED




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As a result of the continuing Covid-19 pandemic, the committee of Peebles Highland Games Association have decided to take the difficult but necessary decision to cancel this year's event which was due to take place on Saturday 5th September.

Whilst we know that this decision will be disappointing for many, we feel it is the correct one to make in the interests of protecting the safety of the local community, competitors, spectators and officials many of whom travel from far and wide to come to Peebles.

Chris Patterson, Chairman of Peebles Highland Games Association said "It's been a very difficult decision to make. Having cancelled the Games in 2013 whist the drainage issues in Hay Lodge Park were being addressed we had hoped the Games wouldn't need to be cancelled again for a very long time. However, the ongoing threat from Covid-19 to the wellbeing of our community, visitors and volunteers has meant that we have to put safety at the forefront of our considerations and call-off the Games for 2020".

Being one of the last events in the annual Highland Games calendar we had hoped that we might still be able to stage the Games in some shape or form. When considering our options we were well aware that many pipe bands, dancers, heavies and spectators were desperately hoping that they might yet have an event to attend this year. However, the recent updates on the continued spread of Covid-19, travel restrictions and social distancing instructions from the Scottish and UK Governments have confirmed that this will not now be possible.

We know the Games are one of the highlights of the year for many people and an event which many make plans for well in advance. We share your disappointment at this news but hope that all our supporters stay safe and well until the treat posed by the virus has passed.

Peebles Highland Games will still be here next year when we look forward to welcoming you back to Hay Lodge Park on the banks of the silvery Tweed in heart of the rolling hills of the Borders.

Peebles Highland Games will return on Saturday 4th of September 2021.

John Hughes
Branch President

 

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