Memories of the 1983 Bentley Highland Games

People who took part of at the Bentley Highland Games

People who took part of at the Bentley Highland Games - Credit: Archant

The sound of bagpipes filled the air as scores of Scottish themed activities got underway at the 1983 Bentley Highland Games.

People who took part of at the Bentley Highland Games

People who took part of at the Bentley Highland Games - Credit: Archant

Dozens of people from across south Suffolk came together to attempt challenges such as the caber toss – where a long pine pole is balanced in competitors’ hands – and the hammer throw.

People who took part of at the Bentley Highland Games

People who took part of at the Bentley Highland Games - Credit: Archant

Tyre obstacle courses, long and short distance races also proved popular with both adults and children.

People who took part of at the Bentley Highland Games

People who took part of at the Bentley Highland Games - Credit: Archant

Inspired by the original Highland Games, which are believed to have been founded in parts of Ireland and Scotland as early as the fourth and fifth centuries, the Bentley Games also saw competitors go head to head in more advanced challenges such as the sheaf toss.

People who took part of at the Bentley Highland Games

People who took part of at the Bentley Highland Games - Credit: Archant

This challenge sees a bundle of straw weighing around 20 pounds for the men and 10 pounds for the women, wrapped in a burlap bag and tossed vertically with a pitchfork over a raised bar.

People who took part of at the Bentley Highland Games

People who took part of at the Bentley Highland Games - Credit: Archant

Did you attend the 1983 event? Let us know at newsroom@archant.co.uk

People who took part of at the Bentley Highland Games

People who took part of at the Bentley Highland Games - Credit: Archant

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