GREAT weather and an entertaining programme drew the crowds to the East Links on Sunday for the 31st annual Montrose Highland Games.
Approximately 5,000 people turned up for this year's event, which is regarded as one of the town's annual highlights.
While there was a slight worry about the potential effects of the recession, the organisers said they were delighted that it didn't have too much of an impact on the number of people who turned up to take in the busy programme.
Robina Addison, who has been organising the games for each of its 31 years, said she had enjoyed the 2009 games probably as much as any she had been involved in and said she was delighted with how things turned out.
"It went very well. Everything worked out smoothly and, especially after Saturday, the weather was great.
"Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and there was a good atmosphere.
"From the treasurer's point of view, the gates were down about 50, but that's not bad. I think people are pulling their belts in.
"But there were no great dramas. We finished the day with a good feeling and it's probably the one I've enjoyed the most from an organisational point of view."
While there was no look-a-like this year, a host of regular events and competitions returned, much to the delight of the crowd.
The traditional heavy games were held and a new tug-o-war rope made its debut, courtesy of sponsor and honorary chieftain Jonathan Stansfeld, after the previous rope snapped at last year's games, while there was the usual contest for solo and band piping, together with the popular Highland dancing competition.
Other events included a dog show, children's races and games, a fancy dress parade and a cycling race.
The event also saw the coronation of this year's Rose Queen, Emily Wood.
There is not much rest for the organisers though and planning for next year's games will start next month in earnest.
Banchory's William Tubby set a new ground record in the youth's long jump with a leap of 15ft 4.5 ins.
Steven Aitken took the overall open heavy events title with a consistent performance which included first places in the caber and the 56lb weight for height.
A heavy horse show is also a traditional feature of the Montrose games and visitors were able to view an impressive line-up put forward by over a dozen exhibitors.
Highland dancing, open solo piping, tug-o-war, open running, cycling, light events, a companion dog show and children's races all played their part in the huge success of the day.
Chieftain of the games was retired Royal Marine Colonel Jake Hensman and the event also featured the continuing tradition of the crowning of the Rose Queen.
The 66th Rose Queen is Emily Wood, who was selected by her fellow pupils at Montrose Academy.
She was driven through the town and down to the games field by Rose Maids Danielle Mitchell and Jody Mitchell, together with the Rosebuds, all from Borrowfield Primary, Carly Earnshaw, Haley McQuade, Jess Stephen and Melody Rodger.
Open heavy events: 16lb shot: 1 David Dowson, 2 Steven Aitken, 3 Craig Sinclair.
22lb shot: 1 Dave Dowson, 2 Steven Aitken, 3 Craig Sinclair.
16lb hammer: 1 Craig Sinclair, 2 Steven Aitken, 3 John McLeod.
22lb hammer: 1 Craig Sinclair, 2 Steven Aitken, 3 John McLeod.
28lb weight for distance: 1 Craig Sinclair, 2 Steven Aitken, 3 David Dowson.
56lb weight for height: 1 Steven Aitken, 2 Craig Sinclair, 3 Stuart Anderson.
Caber: 1 Steven Aitken, 2 Dave Dowson, 3 John McLeod.
Overall: 1 Steven Aitken, 2 Craig Sinclair, 3 Dave Dowson.
Local heavy events: 1 D. Walker, 2 G. Walker, 3 N. Findlater.
16lb hammer: 1 D. Walker, 2 G. Walker, 3 N. Findlater.
28lb weight: 1 D. Walker, 2 G. Walker, 3 N. Findlater.
Overall: 1 D. Walker, 2 G. Walker, 3 N. Findlater.
Light events: Long jump: 1 Ed Moyse, 2 Fraser Davidson, 3 Tom Brodie.
Triple jump: 1 Fraser Davidson, 2 Tom Brodie, 3 Declan Murray.
Youths long jump: 1 William Tubby, 2 Sean Grant, 3 Demi York.
Triple jump: 1 William Tubby, 2 Sean Grant, 3 Demi York.
Dog Show: Best veteran - Liana Phillips. Best condition - Liana Phillips. Best puppy - G. Leslie. Best in show - L. Weston.