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Tain Innis Mhor care home defies coronavirus to stage its own Highland Games

By Alasdair Fraser

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Innis Mhor care home Highland Games
Innis Mhor care home Highland Games

A TAIN nursing home has defied Covid-19 by staging a safe and socially-distanced Highland Games to keep residents in good spirits.

Staff from Innis Mhor Care Home at Craighill Terrace laid on the fun and entertainment with Ron Taylor, managing director of owners Parklands Care Homes, acting as chieftain and opening the games last Friday.

Events took place on a gloriously sunny, but windy afternoon conditions with a variety of contests including welly-throwing, throw the haggis, javelin and a tug o’ war delighting those in attendance.

There were also Highland dancers and a piper, while local singer-songwriter Keilan Ross performed on a hill overlooking the home.

There were also goats, lambs and a Highland cow for residents to pet.

The lockdown meant the event was only open to residents, but hundreds of well-wishers watched the fun and commented live on social media.

Home manager Jackie Macrae said: "We had a brilliant afternoon and the residents thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

“We'd like to thank everyone who supported us on the day, the many friends and relatives who watched us live on Facebook and my wonderful staff who pulled out all the stops to deliver a magical day for our residents."

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