A grey sky and intermittent showers did not deter thousands of people from coming out in force to enjoy the 54th annual Aberdeen Highland Games yesterday.
The popular event, which is organised by the city council, drew crowds to Hazlehead Park to watch a wide variety of activities.
And from the traditional games disciplines to family entertainment, there was something for everyone to enjoy on Father’s Day.
Alexander Gordon, the 7th Marquess of Aberdeen, said: “The Aberdeen Highland Games have always been well supported through thick and thin.
“Last year it was a lovely day but everyone has made the best of it this year. I think it is the second games of the season and always kicks off the Highland Games season well.”
The games began with a number of piping competitions, which was followed by the first of many strongman events.
The Highland dancing proved popular, with an enthusiastic audience gathering as competitors competed to the sounds of skirling traditional music on the specially constructed stages in the games arena.
The afternoon’s strongman events drew shouts of appreciation from the crowd with competitions ranging from the light hammer to caber tossing and putting the stone.
Always a crowd pleaser, the tug o’war was as entertaining as ever, with the competitors making even more noise than onlookers.
Many visitors from all around the world experienced Scottish culture for the first time – and were able to take part themselves in the overseas visitors race for men and women.
The crowds were also entertained by pipe bands, which performed throughout the event.
Athletes pitted themselves against each other as they competed in track and field events such as the long jump and the popular 400m and 800m, which was well supported by visitors.
Youngsters also had their choice of fun activities throughout the day from laser tagging and a climbing wall to balloon modellers and Segway rides – while a flea circus, fun fair, and zip slide were also on offer for families.