Sun shines over Glamis for annual Strathmore Highland Games

Local heavy Bruce Aitken putts the shot at the Strathmore Highland Games on Sunday.
Local heavy Bruce Aitken putts the shot at the Strathmore Highland Games on Sunday.

THE sun shone over the grounds of Glamis Castle on Sunday as the crowds gathered for the annual Strathmore Highland Games.

Among the visitors was American astronaut Alvin Drew, who recently entered the history books as the 200th man to walk in space.

Younsgters in full flight during one of the races at the Strathmore Highland Games.

Younsgters in full flight during one of the races at the Strathmore Highland Games.

His role at Glamis saw him act alongside Mary, Dowager Countess of Strathmore, as co-chieftain of the games.

It was Drew’s third time in Scotland but his first experience of a traditional Highland Games.

And, to mark his visit he was presented with a copy of a special tune composed by Ben Duncan of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards for the occasion.

As for the games themselves, those who took full advantage in a break in the rather inclement weather of late were treated to competitive action in the main arena, with all the usual heavy events, the tug o’ war, running and cycling, together with Highland dancing, solo piping and a pipe band competition.

There were also children and fun overseas visitors’ races, along with an array of trade stands located around the main arena.

The ringside collection this year was in aid of the Diabetes Association.