Our Chieftain’s Welcome from Jim Campbell:
It will give me great pleasure to welcome you to the Dornoch Highland Games on 5th August 2022 where I assure you of a warm welcome from all involved with The Games. I have been involved with the Games over many years, firstly as a youngster participating in the Games every August and then helping out with the Field and Track events. It will be an honour to be your Chieftain and as this is renowned for being a family games my wife Theresa and family, Jennifer, Katie and Niall will be there along with the next generation, my 7 year old grandson, Jack.
Please join me in the Chieftain’s Parade when we start to assemble in Dornoch Square at mid-day, ready for the 12:15 start when Pipe Major Willie Fraser leads the Dornoch Pipe Band followed by myself with Past Chieftains as we head along Castle Street with the crowd following to arrive at The Meadows Park for the Games opening ceremony.
I was born and brought up in Dornoch and went to Dornoch Primary and Academy and in my early days stayed in Skinner Place. At school French, Maths and Sports were my favourite subjects especially football and I went on to enjoy a successful playing time with Dornoch Football Club who dominated Sutherland Amateur Football throughout the 70’s and early 80’s, winning countless trophies.
Although encouraged to stay on at school and pursue an academic career I decided to leave school at 16 and served my electrical apprenticeship with R Finlayson & Co. Caithness. I spent the next 5 years working all over Scotland gaining valuable experience in the electrical industry. I was hardly ever at home in Dornoch during this spell in my life.
In May 1972 I set up my own business along with Morris Macleod and soon realised there was an obvious opportunity for a small firm to produce quality electrical installations and services in the Sutherland area. I became sole owner in 1976 and built the company up to become a successful business embracing new technologies including micro renewables and with staff who shared my vision we continued to grow and expand, embracing the technologies of the future in our industry.
My successful business in the field of renewables led tome being approached by UHI, Inverness Campus where I enjoyed 12 years part-time lecturing on electrical principles and being part of teams delivering accreditation to companies embarking in the renewables sector. I gained tremendous satisfaction on starting teenagers on a career in the electrical industry.
I decided to retire from my business in June 2016 selling the company to former employees. This now leaves me with more time to enjoy my hobbies of golf, following Brora Rangers FC, fly fishing and curling in the winter months.
I have been a member of Royal Dornoch for over 45 years and am currently a Vice President of the Club. Over the last 20 years I have held many positions including being junior convenor for 7 years, which I found to be an extremely rewarding role and Captain in 2008-2010 which was an immensely proud time for me and my family. Also, I am currently Vice Chairman of the local Angling Club.
We all need to be patient and careful in 2020 with the current pandemic and we need to support each other in the challenging times ahead and hopefully better times are ahead.
I look forward to greeting you as Theresa and I mingle with the crowd and participants.
Jim & Theresa