Jul 13 2012 by Donald Morton, Stirling Observer Friday
SCOTLAND’S sodden summer has already put paid to a number of high-profile events with the latest locally being last weekend’s Doune and Dunblane Show and Stirling Highland Games.
But hopes are high that one of the country’s longest-running events will take place tomorrow (Saturday) - the 156th Famous Alva Games.
Regular updates on the games’ website have been keeping people informed over the past few days.
Yesterday (Thursday) it said: “Regular inspections of the arena and track are being undertaken by the Clerk of the Course.
“The rain which fell up until Wednesday has softened the running surface considerably but the track is still raceable but with a slight reconfiguration of the bottom bend possibly being required.
“If the forecast is correct though, the original running line should be capable of being reinstated before racing begins. Ground conditions are best described as soft with some heavy patches on the track. All athletic and cycling events are still planned to run as scheduled. The sprint track has been realigned.
“Arrangements are in place should the highland dancing require to move indoors. If, and only if, the dancing requires to be moved indoors the competition will be held in the assembly hall of Alva Academy beginning at noon. The decision on whether or not to move the dancing will be taken on Saturday prior to the advertised commencement time.”
This year a group of youngsters from the Wee County’s twin area of Vendargues in southern France will be in attendance as the games are being held on the 223rd anniversary of the French national day, Bastille Day.