The Duke of Rothesay sent a message to cheer up the organizers of the Highland Games who face another pristine summer calendar.
For the second year in a row, the pandemic has decimated traditional events which inject more than £ 25million into the Scottish economy each year.
Braemar – the favorite of the royal family – was canceled in April for the second year in a row.
Perth, slated for late August, is one of the last to unplug 2021.
They said: “We held on as long as possible to see if the organization of the games was viable.
“However, given the many variables and uncertainty that still surround the events of August, we decided to focus on producing virtual games, for which we have secured funding, rather than proceeding with what could be a substandard event. “
Prince Charles, sponsor of the Scottish Highland Games Association’s governing body, shared his sadness over the season’s elimination.
In the video message, he said: “These events are absolutely essential to the identity of their communities and are a showcase of Scottish tradition.”
The widespread cancellations were described by him as a “source of great sadness”.
“They will leave a great void in the lives of many people.
“Look forward to that day when we can all be together to reinvigorate our Highland Games in 2022.”
One of the last Highland Games the Duke of Rothesay attended was a surprise in August 2019 to help celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Glenisla Gathering.
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gratitude from the SHGA
SHGA President Iain Watt said: “For the second year we have a virtually empty Highland Games schedule.
“It was really difficult, especially for these small communities where the day of the games brings everyone together, and for the athletes who couldn’t compete.
“His Royal Highness has always been a huge supporter of the Highland Games and receiving this video message is great for morale,” added Mr. Watt.
“It is reassuring to all the hard-working game planners in Scotland and the lower part of Scotland that they have not been forgotten and better times are upon us.
“The Covid restrictions mean that it is extremely unlikely that Highland Games events can take place this summer.
“The costs and complexity of managing events require a lot more time and a near-normal number of participants to be viable.
“However, we hope to have virtual games and incentive events before the end of the season.
“We are also looking to re-release our popular ‘Home Highland Games’ fun sheet which allows kids to try out safe and simple versions of events suitable for gardens or parks.”
Despite the problems of the then pandemic, the organizers of the Crieff Highland Gathering are continuing their ambition plan for a £ 1million Highland game center in Market Park.
The project is part of the Tay Cities Deal and the organization is now asking residents for input on an idea that could support other community groups.