VIDEO: Opening Ceremony

​The sun is setting in St Helier as the Western Isles Island Games Association squad turn in for the night.

It is the end of their first full day on Jersey for the 16th annual NatWest Island Games with competitions scheduled to being in earnest at 8:30am tomorrow (Sunday) morning when six of our athletes lace up for the half marathon.

The opening ceremony took place tonight (Saturday).

The opening ceremony took place tonight (Saturday).

Today has been a wonderful day with athletes, team managers and spectators from 24 islands coming together to rekindle old friendships, and forge new ones.

The Western Isles certainly made their presence felt at the opening ceremony with a pair of talented pipers, Heather Mackinnon and Anne-Louise Stewart, leading the Hebridean charge in a musical march through the town centre.

It has not been a day without incident from the golf team member, who like B.A Baracus of The A Team fame, had to spike his milk in order to make the flight. A little bourbon goes a long way and makes a big difference!

And Kerry Macphee, multi medal winning athlete from the last games two years ago and Commonwealth cyclist, suffered a nasty knee injury on a training ride which left her knee requiring four stitches.

But ever the pro and displaying her traditional refusal to bow to pain or injury, she is looking forward to getting on her bike, riding through gritted teeth or not, to fly the flag for Team WIIGA.

Keep an eye on the Stornoway Gazette tomorrow - Facebook and Twitter - for updates as they occur in Jersey and the website tomorrow evening for another daily round-up.