Senior Games success for Newbyres Flyers and Baldwin Buddies

Newbyres Flyers 2018 web

Newbyres Flyers held onto their crown as winners of the eighth annual Senior Games on Tuesday (3 July).

The victorious team took home the shield for the second consecutive year, beating off stiff competition from the Archview Athletes, Drummond Dragons, Pittendreich Players and the Thornlea Thistles.

All participants were winners

Thornlea managed runners up place while Archview Athletes took the top prize for its flag. All participants received medals. 

Presenting the prizes this year were three members of the Borthwick branch of the Scottish Women’s Institute Audrey Paxton, Mary Hamilton and Irene Campbell. The organisation helped sponsor this popular annual event.

Much loved mascot Macbear leads opening parades

Led by much-loved mascot, Macbear and local piper Greig Mclean, the games began with an opening parade at the Newbattle Community Campus.

Teams then took part in a seated dance warm up aptly named ‘Hot Hot Hot’ before the games commenced.  From new age kurling to tossing the caber, shuffle board to duck racing, age was no barrier as contestants tried their best to hit targets and win points for their respective teams. 

Pupils from Newbattle helped keep score

This year, S6 PE pupils from Newbattle High School were also on hand to help with the activities and keep score.

The second games of the week seen teams from sheltered housing in Midlothian take part in similar activities to those at Newbattle earlier in the week.  Thursday (5 July) winners were the Baldwin Buddies with the Crafty Crafters claiming the runners up spot. 

Presentation at second games made by Cllr McCall

The presentation of trophies and medals at Thursday’s games were made by local councillor, Cllr Debbi McCall. 

The Senior Games events aim to get older people more active and Midlothian achieved this thanks to volunteers and friends from the county’s 'Ageing Well' project.

Ageing Well project

If you are over 50 and wish to be more active, there are classes and groups from walking to dance, yoga to table tennis and many more activities.  There are also a variety of opportunities to volunteer in your local community.

For more information, call Vivian Wallace on 0131 561 6506 or email at

Badlwin Buddies 2018 web

6 Jul 2018