Highland Games at Bedford

Highland Games at Bedford

Highland games at Bedford
Highland Games at Bedford, Easter Monday, 1915. Tossing a caber specially made from one of the Duke of Bedford’s pine trees. Photograph courtesy of Richard Galley, Bedford.
Scottish troops enjoy a touch of home during training at Bedford

 ‘Highland Games at Bedford: Novel Sights for the Sassenachs’ detailed Easter Monday’s activities in the town: ‘The ancient borough of Bedford had a unique experience for an English town of having a magnificent display of Highland games in its midst. These were organised by the Borough Recreation Committee for the officers and men of the Highland Division in Bedford, and the event in every particular proved a complete success. The day was a perfect one for sports, and a large crowd of soldiers and civilians assembled in the playing fields of the Grammar School to witness the varied programme, the crowd has been estimated at over 20,000. Owing to the enormous number of entries (over 1,500) several of the preliminary heats had to be held on Saturday afternoon when the weather, unfortunately, was rather disappointing. The finals, and all the principal items, were left over till Monday, and occupied from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with never a dull moment throughout.’ All the units of the Highland Division entered teams and at the end of the day a very strong showing by the Morayshire Seaforths saw them score enough points to come second in the overall competition behind the 8th Argylls.