The first thing any athlete did after using his ‘get into the ground free’ ticket was to get their programme. Almost every meeting programme had its own regular cover – at Strathallan, it had with a picture of a hammer thrower in action in the bottom half, at Cowal it was a water colour hammer thrower with the hills in the back ground, then there were the numerous variations with a piper on the front – red and black, red and green, etc. Edinburgh had it’s own piper as was shown on the previous page. The contents were more or less bulky depending on (a) the number of events; and (b) the number of adverts contained within. The Edinburgh programme was like one of the slim volumes sold at extortionate prices in up-market bookshops. If you look at the page numbers of the programme here, you will note that there were gaps in the numbering – these gaps were where the entries for Highland Dancing , Wrestling , Massed Bands , The Official Opening Programme and Blank Tables for scoring were. Edinburgh Highland Games was one of the biggest and best and a great deal of that had to do with Willie Carmichael – we have a profile of Willie that you can access by clicking on his name. He’s the man pictured at the top.
The programme, kindly supplied for us by Graham McDonald of Pitreavie AC, has some results penciled in to a greater depth than the first three and are useful in that respect and the complete results to third place are on the previous page.