Highland Games set for M&D’s debut

Lucas Wenta
Lucas Wenta

M&D’s Theme Park hosts its first Highland Games & Country Fair family event on Sunday which will find the strongest man in Strathclyde.

Professional strongmen from home and abroad will be there, including World Champion caber tosser Lucas Wenta, who is originally from Poland but now makes his home in Lanarkshire.

Wenta and his fellow competitors will tackle six favourite events from the Highland Games including the shot putt, stones, hammer and caber as they compete for the crown.

It isn’t just the strongmen who will be showing off their skills, for Great Britain archery captain Marion Taylor will be hosting the archery ‘have a go’ with GB international and Olympic tutors.

You can’t have a Highland games without Highland dancing and there will be displays including the Highland fling and sword dance plus other traditional dances such as Irish jigs and reels and the sailor’s hornpipe.

To add to Scottish pipe bands, M&D’s welcomes African band Ayawara with musicians , drummers and dancers who will perform a scintillating and dramatic West African routine.

If you ever wanted to find out who would win a race between a lurcher and a hawk then now is your chance.

Ridgeside Falconry Team from County Durham will be showing off their birds aerial skills as well as putting them head-to-head with lurchers to show off their speed.

There is a host of have a go activities including fly casting, stalls and amusements, children’s rides and refreshments as well as M&D’s theme park itself.

Gates open at 11.30am with the main programme running from 1-5pm and tickets costing £5 (under-16s £2, under-7s free) are available at the gate.