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John O'Groats new home of the Mey Games

John O'Groats new home of the Mey Games

08th August 2017

This year’s Mey Highland Games is set to be the biggest in the event’s history with the number of stalls having increased fivefold from last year. Organisers have had requests for 50 stall pitches at the games which is to go ahead at the John O’Groats Showfield a week tomorrow.

The games was traditionally held at Mey but it is now set to stay at John O'Groats for the forseeable future.

Games committee chairman Barry Butler said relocating to John O’Groats has allowed the event to expand and has proved to be a popular move with visitors.

He said: “The field at Mey is no longer suitable for the games which is unfortunate.

“But the event has grown so much we are hosting it at two fields this year with one for parking and one for the competitive events.

“There was a danger when the event was at Mey that visitors could drive past not knowing what was going on whereas at John O’Groats it is obvious to visitors what is happening.

“John O’Groats will become home to the Mey Games for the immediate future.”

Mr Butler said the tourist pull of Groats combined with the signal success of the North Coast 500 (NC500) bringing more people to the far north has resulted in organisers planning for a bigger gate this year.

“With the event being held at John O’Groats there are more tourists at that end of the country, which hopefully will attract more people to come to the games,” he said.

“Improvements to the event started last year where we felt the games were a much better event all round.

“This year we have spent a lot more time on planning the games and we have also joined forces with the NC500 to promote it… this year’s games promises to be the biggest and the best yet.”

The Duke of Rothesay usually attends the Mey Games in his capacity as chieftain, a title he inherited from his late grandmother, the Queen Mum, who patronised the games during her summer stays at the Castle of Mey.

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