Duo are Scottish champions

THe father and son ploughing duo of Andrew Mitchell senior and junior have secured their places in the world ploughing championships in Croatia next year.

They booked their places at the weekend when they competed in the Scottish Ploughing Championships at Croftcrunie, Tore, Muir of Ord.

Their double victory came when Andrew Mitchell senior from Haughs of Ballinshoe won the reversible championship, whilst his son Andrew junior took the honours in the conventional classes.

They both collected the top awards in their respective sections for the seventh time.

The pair are no newcomers to the world championships, with Mr Mitchell senior winning his third reversible championship in the spring in Sweden.

Andrew junior was conventional leader in Ireland in 2006.

The runner-up in the reversible final on Sunday was Gordon Beattie of Insch, Inverurie, with Mark Skea second in the conventional.

The horse ploughing championship was won by Campeltown’s Neil Macphail, with David Duncan from Montrose in reserve.

The vintage championship was won by John Sivewright of Meigle and the prize for the best in the vintage horse section and high cut went to Kirriemuir’s James Fleming.