All set for the 83rd annual Oldmeldrum Sports

Meldrum pipers at Oldmeldrum Sports
Meldrum pipers at Oldmeldrum Sports

THE 83rd annual Oldmeldrum Sports & Highland Games will be officially opened at 1.30pm on Saturday, June 15, by the former Scotland and Aberdeen manager Craig Brown.

Events kick off at the Pleasure Park Oldmeldrum on the Friday night where Velvet Five will entertain the crowd in the marquee. Admission is £10 at the door.

On Saturday the Glenfiddich Qualifying Heavy Events start the days proceedings at 10.30am. The massed pipe bands comprising the Oldmeldrum, Inverurie, Ellon, Huntly, Lonach and Buckie bands will enter the arena at 1.20pm to welcome Craig Brown to officially open the Sports.

The traditional Highland games events go on throughout the afternoon with hammer throwing and the British Caber Championship as well as the running events, highland dancing and the Thern Lifting Services European Tug O’War Championship.

Returning to Oldmeldrum after a break of over 30 years is wrestling in the marquee. The stars of Wrestlezone will thrill the crowds in some spectacular bouts throughout the afternoon. In the arena the Guarana Street Drummers will bring a little bit of Latin America to Oldmeldrum. Granite city Grappling a Brazilian Ju Jitsu club will be on hand to demonstrate self defence techniques.

Up in the trade stand area you will find a variety of stalls selling everything from kilts to sweets and ice cream. There will also be a demonstration of chainsaw wood carving and the Quids in Theatre Company will be putting on shows and telling stories all afternoon.

In the top half of the field Wright’s Funfair will be there to provide the thrills and spills for the more adventurous.

In the marquee as well as the wrestling the kids can have some fun with Allansmagic children’s entertainers or if they are young enough why not enter the baby show.

The afternoons events will come to an end with the massed pipe bands finale around 5pm.

Night Fever disco will end the event, starting at 9pm and the disco is open to everyone aged 14 and over, but to get into the bar area you must provide proof of age. Admission is £10 and you can pay at the door. The disco finishes at 1am and buses are available back to Inverurie, check with Bains Coaches to ensure there is a space.