Lament for the 2020 BC Highland Games

It was a dreary day to hold a highland games. I’m kinda glad we didn’t.

Thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, all large gatherings, including the 89th BC Highland Games, have been cancelled for 2020. This decision was made in May and we all knew it was coming. However, it was still a melancholy day for some of us who work hard to plan and execute these very popular Games every year, in honour of our culture and those who came before us.

A bit of rain did not stop me from playing playing a lament for the BC Games at 12:30pm on Saturday on the main stage at Lafarge Lake Park: usually the time for the Fraser Highlanders to blast their canon to officially start the Games.  Thanks to those who turned out, including Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart and Councillor Teri (MacIntyre) Towner, two of the Games greatest supporters.  Also, United Scottish Cultural Soc. president and Games committee member Peter Richards, and committee members Fran Caruth, Vivian Newstead and Donna Main.

We will continue to look forward to the 2021 Games and for ScotWeek activities in January. Hopefully our lives will be back to normal by then, and we can look forward to a great gathering on June 19, 2021.  Mark that date in your calendars.

Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart and Games Exec. Dir. Mike Chisholm
A big, wet empty stage with one bagpiper, instead of dozens of highland dancers and festivities.
Left to right, USCS president and Games Committee member Peter Richards, Volunteer Coordinator Vivian Newstead, Games Exec. Dir. Mike Chisholm and Games Steering Com. member Fran Caruth. Thank you for joining me in the rain.


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