VIDEO: Stonehaven Highland Games has biggest year yet

People from all corners of the globe gathered to enjoy the sunshine and behold a slice of Highland Games action in Stonehaven yesterday.

In what was subsequently dubbed the “biggest” turnout since its inauguration, thousands of people thronged to the playing fields of Mackie Academy to enjoy the family event.

And the bumper crowd was treated to a traditional line-up of competitions, including tug o’ war, tossing the caber, running events, highland dancing and a pipe band competition.

Roger Barnett, chairman of the games committee, said: “It has been absolutely phenomenal, what a crowd we have had here today – it has been our biggest-ever turnout.

“I think the sunshine brought more people out this year – everyone has had a brilliant time – and we are ecstatic at that.”

Among those taking part yesterday were visitors from as far away as Canada, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Poland.

Within Scotland, people travelled from as far south as the Borders and as far north as Inverness to be involved in the proceedings.

Mr Barnett went on: “We have had the Scottish amateur championship for the tug o’ war here again this year, which allows people to qualify for the European championships.

“And we also had a ground record broken in the ‘putting of the stone’ – with a huge 55’6” foot throw.”

The record was broken by Lukasz Wenta, who threw the 56lb weight a significant length of 55 feet and six inches.