A SHORT ceremony was held recently to mark the 164th Famous Alva Games.

While the games were unable to go ahead due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, a short opening ceremony went ahead on Saturday, July 10.

Pipers Arran and Tom got the event underway with their fine rendition of Highland Cathedral before games chairman James Sharp welcomed the small number of people in attendance as organisers looked to keep everyone safe.

The Alva Games Committee still held a range of activities in the lead up to generate a buzz with a shop window competition in the town and a quiz to keep the spirit of competition alive.

Also at the event was honorary life chairman Ken McCaffrey who spoke alongside heavy events convener Euan MacPherson as well as guest of honour Willie Johnston, who was accompanied by his daughter Helen Auld.

Clackmannanshire Vice Lord Lieutenant John Spruce also spoke at the event before handing over a cheque for £250 to Mary Laing of Alva Development Trust.

The trust runs the Cochrane Hall, which has been a facility integral to the success of the games.

Highland dancing was also represented on the day with Makala Green performing the Fling at the Johnstone and Cochrane Parks – the home of the games.

Alva residents also turned out to spectate from a safe distance, including Pastor David Fraser of Alva Baptist Church, as well as from further afield.

Jim Savage, games sponsor, was also presented with a small gift by Joyce Sharp, wife of chairman James, to mark an upcoming big birthday.

It was a much reduced format for the games once again and as the chairman previously explained, the goal is to bring back a full programme for July 9 in 2022.