The committee of the gathering report: ‘As a result of the continuing Covid-19 pandemic, Braemar Royal Highland Charity and the organising committee of the Braemar Gathering have decided to take the difficult but necessary decision to cancel this year’s event.
‘Whilst we know the decision will be disappointing for many, we feel it is the right one to protect the safety of the local community, competitors, spectators and officials many of whom travel from around the world to Braemar.
‘David Geddes, President of the Braemar Royal Highland Society, said ‘It’s been a very difficult decision to make, and to cancel a gathering is something which I had hoped I would never have to do in my time as president, however the uncertainty and continued spread of the outbreak, which threatens the wellbeing of our community, visitors and volunteers has meant we have put safety at the forefront of our considerations for this years gathering.
‘Being one of the last events of the Highland games year we had hoped that we might still be able to run the gathering as normal and have been working towards that, however the recent updates on the continued spread of COVID-19, travel restrictions and instructions from the Scottish and UK Governments have shown that this will not now be possible without putting folk at risk.
‘We know the Gathering is a highlight in many people’s year and an event which many make plans well in advance for. We share your disappointment and offer our hope and thoughts that you stay well and keep safe in the days ahead. Like the hills around Braemar, the Gathering will be here next year, and we look forward to happier times and to welcoming you here in 2021.’
‘If you have already bought a ticket for this year’s Gathering these will be honoured and valid for 2021, if anyone has any questions, they should contact the Gathering organisers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘The 2021 Braemar Highland Gathering will take place on Saturday 4th of September.’