Elgin Highland Games revival fails due to 'lack of volunteers'

The event was last held in the Highland town in 2004.

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Organisers were forced to pull the plug after volunteers had 'new commitments'

Efforts to revive the Elgin Highland Games have failed due to a lack of volunteers, a week before the event was meant to take place.

The event which was due to welcome visitors on Sunday July 10 was last held in the Moray town in 2004.

However, organisers were forced to pull the plug after volunteers of the Elgin Highland Games committee failed to recruit new members after some original volunteers were unable to help due to ‘new commitments’. 

Announcing the decision to cancel on social media, organisers said: “Today we should have been getting the final parts of the games together for what we hoped would have been a great event next Sunday but unfortunately with new commitments within the original committee and a lack of interest in joining the committee from anywhere else it’s not to be.”

Organisers had previously attempted to bring the event back in 2020, however plans were derailed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In 2021, they were also unable to run the traditional event due to Covid restrictions.

Organisers added: “Hopefully some more people with an interest in joining the committee will step forward for next year so we can get this event off the ground.”