A popular north-east summer event that has attracted television stars and sporting greats over the decades is once again receiving the backing of Scottish energy industry equipment manufacturer and service provider Flowline Specialists.
Oldmeldrum Sports and Highland Games has been a fixture of the Aberdeenshire summer events calendar since 1930 and attracts thousands of visitors to the town each year. In 2018, its highland dancing competitions will again be sponsored by Flowline Specialists, which is also based in the town.
The Oldmeldrum-based company has chosen to back the event, which takes place on Saturday, 16 June, as part of its ongoing commitment to supporting local community projects. To mark its 15th anniversary in 2016, Flowline Specialists embarked on a campaign to support 15 events or charities over a 15-month period, one of which was the 2017 Oldmeldrum Sports and Highland Games.
Colin Slessor opening the 2017 Oldmeldrum Sports and Highland Games
Alongside the highland dancing, the annual event – affectionately known as the ‘Sunshine Sports’ – features a range of light and heavy athletics events, tug o’ war, children’s races and performances from a number of pipe bands. Events such as the sprint races, the high jump, hammer throws and tossing the caber always prove popular with the assembled crowd.
Each year, the event welcomes a famous face to officially open proceedings. In the past this has included broadcasters Richard Dimbleby in 1955 and his son David in 1971, popular children’s television character Sooty and his puppeteer Harry Corbett, gameshow host Roy Walker and Britain’s female Olympic curling champions in 2002. Last year, one of the stars of popular BBC One series ‘The Mart’, local auctioneer Colin Slessor, carried out the task after arriving at the event in a tractor.
Jim Smith, CEO of Flowline Specialists, said: “Oldmeldrum Sports and Highland Games is one of the highlights of the local events calendar and is well-attended every year. Not only does the event give the local community a boost each June, but the money that it raises helps to support local charities and good causes.
“Maintaining a vibrant and diverse economy is crucial to an area’s success and can benefit everyone. It is important that businesses such as ours support both long-standing heritage events and their varied contemporaries to ensure their continued success. We are proud to be continuing our association with the ‘Sunshine Sports’ and wish all those competing in the highland dancing competitions the very best of luck.”
The 2018 Oldmeldrum Sports and Highland Games takes place on Saturday, 16 June in Pleasure Park, Oldmeldrum. For full details visit www.oldmeldrumsports.co.uk.