Crowds enjoy the 77th edition of the Aberlour Highland Games after a three-year absence

The Massed Pipes and Drums march down Queen’s Road to the playground…77th Aberlour Strathspey Highland Games held on Saturday 6th August 2022…Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

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.

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Rain showers failed to dampen spirits…77th Aberlour Strathspey Highland Games held on Saturday August 6, 2022…Photo: Daniel Forsyth..

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.”

Event mate Paul Jamieson on the mic...77th Aberlour Strathspey Highland Games held on Saturday August 6, 2022...Pictured: Daniel Forsyth..
Event mate Paul Jamieson on the mic…77th Aberlour Strathspey Highland Games held on Saturday August 6, 2022…Pictured: Daniel Forsyth..

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.

The Massed Pipe Band make their way around the games arena...77th Aberlour Strathspey Highland Games held on Saturday 6th August 2022...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
The Massed Pipe Band make their way around the games arena…77th Aberlour Strathspey Highland Games held on Saturday 6th August 2022…Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
The Massed Pipe Band make their way around the games arena...77th Aberlour Strathspey Highland Games held on Saturday 6th August 2022...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
The Massed Pipe Band make their way around the games arena…77th Aberlour Strathspey Highland Games held on Saturday 6th August 2022…Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

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.”

Results

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Highland dancers take part in the Half Reel o’Tulloch..77th Aberlour Strathspey Highland Games held on Saturday 6th August 2022…Photo: Daniel Forsyth..
Highland dancers take part in the Half Reel o'Tulloch..77th Aberlour Strathspey Highland Games held on Saturday 6th August 2022...Photo: Daniel Forsyth..
Highland dancers take part in the Half Reel o’Tulloch..77th Aberlour Strathspey Highland Games held on Saturday 6th August 2022…Photo: Daniel Forsyth..

Primary 6 years

Pas de Basque, Fling and Swords – Blair Fisher (Inverurie)

PDB & HC – Thea Bailey (New Deer)

Highland Dancer #100 Thea Bailey...77th Aberlour Strathspey Highland Games held on Saturday August 6, 2022...Pictured: Daniel Forsyth..
Highland Dancer #100 Thea Bailey…77th Aberlour Strathspey Highland Games held on Saturday August 6, 2022…Pictured: Daniel Forsyth..

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)

Novice

Fling, Swords, S/T, Reel, Flora, Lilt, Most Points and Overall Novice Bunty Godsman Memorial Trophy – Cara Lovie (Dunecht)

Finalist – Isla Gerrard (Barthol Chapel)

Local newbie

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)

Andy Macdonald jumps over the high jump bar...77th Aberlour Strathspey Highland Games held on Saturday August 6, 2022...Photo: Daniel Forsyth..
Andy Macdonald jumps over the high jump bar…77th Aberlour Strathspey Highland Games held on Saturday August 6, 2022…Photo: Daniel Forsyth..
The top three in the Hill 10 mile race (left to right) Andrew Rogan (3rd), James Wilson (1st) and Ben Liveset (2nd)...77th Aberlour Strathspey Highland Games held on Saturday August 6th 2022...Pictured: Daniel Forsyth ..
The top three in the Hill 10 mile race (left to right) Andrew Rogan (3rd), James Wilson (1st) and Ben Liveset (2nd)…77th Aberlour Strathspey Highland Games held on Saturday August 6th 2022…Pictured: Daniel Forsyth ..
Start of the men's 100 yard race...77th Aberlour Strathspey Highland Games held on Saturday August 6, 2022...Photo: Daniel Forsyth..
Start of the men’s 100 yard race…77th Aberlour Strathspey Highland Games held on Saturday August 6, 2022…Photo: Daniel Forsyth..
Tamsin Fowlie wins the women's 100 yard dash...77th Aberlour Strathspey Highland Games held on Saturday August 6, 2022...Pictured: Daniel Forsyth..
Tamsin Fowlie wins the women’s 100 yard dash…77th Aberlour Strathspey Highland Games held on Saturday August 6, 2022…Pictured: Daniel Forsyth..


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Jennifer R. Strohm