Oscar winning actress Julianne Moore has been invited to be chieftain at the Gourock Highland Games later this year. Moore’s late mother emigrated from Greenock, Scotland in 1950 and as a result the actress considers herself half Scottish, holding dual US and British citizenship.
The invitation comes in recognition of Moore’s recent win for Best Actress at the Oscars and her Bafta and Golden Globe for her role in the film Still Alice; a film about a professor at Columbia University who develops a rare form of Alzheimer’s at the age of 50. The invitation comes from Christopher McEleny, leader of the SNP group at Inverclyde Council, who said he hoped the Still Alice star would see the invitation as an opportunity “too good to miss”.
The councillor went on to say:
“For years people have travelled from Inverclyde to the rest of the world to settle down. It’s great to see Julianne Moore – the daughter of someone who hailed from Inverclyde – win the Oscar for Best Actress.
“Many people across the world have ties with Inverclyde and perhaps the Gourock Highland Games could become our own homecoming event.”
At the most recent The British Academy Film Awards (Bafta) awards ceremony the actress, said she owed her success to five Scottish women – including her mother who emigrated to America in 1950.
The 59th Gourock Highland Games will include hundreds of drummers, pipers, heavies and highland dancers from across the country come together to compete in the Games. An important date in the Scottish calendar, it’s the first games after the winter and a chance to celebrate sports, music and dancing outdoors against the scenic backdrop of the firth of Clyde and Argyll hills beyond.
This year’s 59th Gourock Highland Games will take place on the 10th May 2015 – a great day out for all the family.
For more information visit the Gourock Highland Games website