Stonehaven Highland Games – back with a bang!

Newtonhill Pipe Band.
Newtonhill Pipe Band.

Thousands of spectators turned out for the Stonehaven Highland Games last Sunday, after a two-year hiatus.

And event organisers say they enjoyed their “biggest Games yet.”

The dancing competition.

The dancing competition.

There was plenty on offer to keep the crowds entertained, including heavy and light events, highland dancing and a tug o’ war contest.

There were also fairground rides, food stalls and wrestling, which proved popular with the crowd.

Also popular was the pipe band competition, a first for the games, with Newtonhill Pipe Band gaining two firsts and Portlethen and District gaining three firsts.

Held for the first time at Mackie Academy playing fields, the new venue was “praised unanimously,” according to committee chairman Roger Barnett.

Enjoying the rides.

Enjoying the rides.

He added: “I would like to thank Mackie Academy for giving us such a great venue, and for all their support.

“I would also like to make a special mention to the new committee, who have been nothing short of inspirational with their hard work and commitment.

“The Stonehaven Highland Games really are back with a bang and we are looking forward to next year already.”

Mr Barnett added that the mini highland games, which took place on Saturday and saw competitions taking place between local schools, would also be returning for next year.

Giving it some welly.

Giving it some welly.

The Games were cancelled in 2012 after flooding at Mineralwell Park, and last year, organisers said the event would not be staged for “operational” reasons.

For more information, visit www.stonehavenhighlandgames.com

Competitors taking part in the Weight Over The Bar.

Competitors taking part in the Weight Over The Bar.

Portlethen and District Pipe Band.

Portlethen and District Pipe Band.