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Double Highland Games fun for north-east this weekend

Last year's Oldmeldrum Sports and Highland Games
Last year's Oldmeldrum Sports and Highland Games

Heavyweights, dancers and pipers from across the north-east will show off their talents during a Highland Games weekend double.

Oldmeldrum Sports and Highland Games will be held on Saturday at the town’s Pleasure Park.

On Sunday, the Aberdeen Highland Games will take place at Hazlehead Park.

As well as the usual heavyweight competitions, such as the hammer throw, caber tossing and shot putt, there will be a tug of war, athletics, piping and Highland dancing contests.

Events at the 85th Oldmeldrum Games begin at 10.30am, although the event will officially be opened by local Commonwealth wrestling medallist Viorel Etko at 1.30pm.

The Guarana Street Drummers are also lined up to perform, along with the massed pipe bands. Drum majors will also be putting on a display, and there will be children’s entertainment, stalls and a food fair hosted by Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

Gordon Forsyth, secretary of the organising committee, said: “A lot of work goes into putting on the show, so it’s great to see it come to fruition.

“We try and get something for everyone, so we’ve got kids entertainment and the street drummers as well as the heavies and piping events that people come along for.”

There is also evening entertainment included in the programme, with band Fusion performing in the marquee on Friday and a disco on Saturday. Both events run from 9pm-1am. Tickets, priced £10, are available on the door.

In Aberdeen, Sunday’s fun will run from 10am-5.30pm. Visitors can also enjoy a range of family activities including laser tag, segways and an inflatable assault course while taking in the games, races, dancing and piping.

Both games are sponsored by Glenfiddich.

Tickets for the Meldrum Games are £8 for adults and £2 for children, while in Aberdeen they are £8 for adults and £3 for children. Under fives go free.

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