Sun shines down on a sizzling Oldmeldrum

Plenty of effort in the tug o' war competition.
Plenty of effort in the tug o' war competition.

The sun shone on Oldmeldrum Sports and Highland Games on Saturday - and boosted the crowd.

Organisers estimate 4,000 turned out in summery conditions for a feast of sporting activity.

Former Scotland and Aberdeen manager Craig Brown officially opened the 83rd games after arriving at the Pleasure Park in a vintage car.

The ex-Pittodrie boss was a popular figure during the afternoon, chatting to spectators and taking in the the varied programme of events.

He paid tribute to master of ceremonies Robbie Shepherd, who was providing commentary on the games for the 45th year.

Games secretary Gordon Forsyth said the fine weather had give the event a major boost.

He added: “We reckon we had about 4000 people at the games, so the sunshine really made all the difference this year.

“It’s the first time for a few years that we have had decent weather

“It was a good day all round and everyone seemed to have an enjoyable time.”

There was plenty for the large crowd to see with a busy schedule of heavy and athletics events.

Away from the arena, organisers ensured a varied choice of events ranging from the traditional baby show to wrestling bouts.

One the traditional games attractions, the massed pipes and drums of Oldmeldrum, Lonach, Huntly, Inverurie, Ellon and Buckie bands, got one of the day’s biggest cheers.