Crowds enjoy the 77th edition of the Aberlour Highland Games after a three-year absence
A cheering crowd donned their raincoats and rubber boots on Saturday to celebrate the 77th edition of the Aberlour Highland Games.
Games Secretary Brian Cameron was delighted to see the event return after a three-year absence and a difficult set-up.
He said: “Hosting the Games has been a very different experience this year. Everything is different now and the world has changed.
“We had a lot of different issues after covid. It was harder to get the committee together after three years because people’s schedules changed, the first aid society and the toilet company we were using also closed.
“So it has become a doubly difficult challenge to plan the games this year.
“Our expectation for the day was that we would be able to put on an event, so our expectations have already been greatly exceeded by the fact that there are crowds all around the pitch – and that’s great.
“Although this year has meant a lot of changes, we have managed to embrace them and the bagpipes are playing, the athletes are on the floor, the dancers are dancing. We couldn’t ask for more.”
The games offered a fantastic range of events that were both competitive and fun. On the program were the traditional light and heavyweight athletics events, children’s events, Highland dances and a pet parade.
Aberlour Highland Games also offers the unique chance for international visitors to take part in the Haggis Hurling and Tug O’War which has seen enthusiastic overseas visitors being coached by the events team in certain games traditions.
The games also had a spectacular bagpipe offering, with Aberlour, Banff, Buckie, Dufftown, Forres, Keith Strathisla and Portsoy all marching.
Brian added: “That’s what the Highland Games are all about, the atmosphere – it’s the weather, it’s the people, it’s small but perfectly formed.”
Primary 6 years
Pas de Basque, Fling and Swords – Blair Fisher (Inverurie)
PDB & HC – Thea Bailey (New Deer)
Beginners 8 and under
Casting, Swords, Reel, Rhythm, Most Points and the G&M Whyte Overall Beginner Trophy – Rose Townsend (Stonehaven)
S/T, Flora and Runner Up – Ella Bailey (New Deer)
Beginners 10 years
Fling, Reel, Flora – Phoebe Houston-Bailey (Ellon)
Swords, S/T and Lilt – Millie Bailey (New Deer)
Most points – Millie Bailey and Phoebe Houston-McMillian
Finalist – Cait Milne (Cairnie)
Beginners 11 years and over
Fling, Flora and finalist – Chloe Powell (Banff)
Swords, Reel, Lilt, Most Points and Local Beginner – Rowan Bain (Archiestown)
S/T – Hanna Lukacsa (Dufftown)
Fling, Swords, S/T, Reel, Flora, Lilt, Most Points and Overall Novice Bunty Godsman Memorial Trophy – Cara Lovie (Dunecht)
Finalist – Isla Gerrard (Barthol Chapel)
Ciara Millsopp (Archiestown)
Intermediate 12 and under Fling – Alexis Neville (Turriff)
Swords, S/T, H/P, Most Points and Overall Intermediate The Frank Ogg and Son Trophy – Caitlin Cooper (Huntly)
Reel – Blair Porter (Pitfoldels)
Template and finalist – Kirsty Addison (Banff)
Intermediate 13 years and over
Throw, swords, reel, jig, H/P, most points and local intermediate dancer – Ellie Thomson-Bialy (Mulben)
S/T – Devin Fitzpatrick (Inverness)
First 11 and under
Casting, Reel, Jig and Most Scores – Alisa Gordon-Duff (Glass)
Swords, H/P and Finalist – Freya Anderson (Huntly)
S/T – Martha Cowe (Aberdeen)
First 13 and under
Fling, S/T, Reel, Jig, H/P and Most Point – Louisa Milne (Cairnie)
Swords – Amelia Pagett (Crieff)
First 15 and under
Fling & Finalist – Robyn Hall (Newmachar)
Swords, S/T, Reel, H/P and Most Point – Lucy Strachan (Peterhead)
Template – Niamh Yeoman (Ellon)
Local Premier – Katie Taylor (Craigellachie)
Adult Premier – Fling, S/T & R/up – Abbie Kellas (Keith)
Swords – Olivia Richardson (Strichen)
Reel – Suzanne McDonald (Elgin)
Template, H/P and more points – Catriona Dempster (Huntly)