Ballater Games a success

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Around 5,000 turned out to watch the Ballater Highland Games last Thursday.

Highland dancers, pipe bands strongmen and athletes of all ages entertained the crowds as they basked in the Monaltrie Park sunshine.

As well as the usual heavy competitions, such as tossing the caber, hammer and tug o’war, there were a range of dancing, piping and athletic races, including the popular hill race.

The massed pipe band, made up of members of Ballater, Kintore, Towie and 47th Culter Boy’s Brigrade bands, marched around the field several times to the delight of the crowd.

This year’s Royal Guard at Ballater, the Black Watch, led Captain Alwyne Farquharson, of Invercauld - who has been chieftain of the games for more than 60 years - on to the field.

Secretary of the games, Edward Anderson, was delighted with the turnout.

He said: “The Highland Games went very well, helped by a very good sunny day despite our poor summer.

“The numbers in attendance was approximately 5,000.”