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May Ross from Boghall, Bathgate, has been announced as chieftain of the 47th West Lothian Highland Games, at Bathgate’s Meadow Park on May 26.

May (81) has been involved in the games since she joined the committee back in the early 1980s, including helping host the European Pipe Band Championships.

Her love of pipe bands and the Highland games were shared with her later husband Ernie, a former side drummer with the Broxburn Pipe Band and games committee member himself.

May Ross, who is also an active member of Boghall Parish Church, said: “I was surprised, albeit extremely honoured, to be named as the 2018 chieftain.

"The committee are all volunteers with an aim to keep highland games traditions alive.

"The West Lothian Highland Games have been very dear to me for many years.”

Alex Linkston, chair of the West Lothian Highland Games Committee, said: “May is one of our longest-serving committee members, and we are delighted to honour her in this way.

"She is a very humble lady, who works diligently and quietly in the background, purely for the love of the games. We as a committee are privileged to be able to tap into May’s vast experience and wise words of wisdom.”