A SCOTTISH Highland games dating back to the 1880s has been disbanded due to a lack of volunteers.

The Cupar Highland Games committee announced on Tuesday that after an appeal almost a year ago to find new volunteers for summer 2024, they were “unable to find anyone” and the games will be disbanded.

Based in Fife, the games were first launched in 1886 and were restarted in 1979. 

They have previously drawn big crowds as part of the region's games summer circuit and featured a number of successful athletes in their early days, including Linsey McDonald, Liz McColgan (below), and Yvonne Murray.

The National: Liz McColgan

In a statement on the games’ Facebook page, the committee said: “The committee of Cupar Highland Games regret to inform you that the games are now disbanded .

"Unfortunately we have been unable to find anyone to take on the games and therefore we have taken the decision to close the games.

"We would like to thank all attendees, suppliers and supporters for their support over the last few years.”

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The games were put on hold during the pandemic, and again in 2022 and 2023 due to low volunteers.

Since 1979 the games have donated out of their profits approximately £35,000 to different charities, organisations and to assist with the costs of athletes attending the Commonwealth Games.