The sun shone on the Montrose Mini Highland Games at the weekend as crowds turned out to enjoy the free event.
The games opened at 1pm on Sunday to the skirl of the pipes from the Howe o’ the Mearns pipe band led by Pipe Major Davie Duncan and Forfar and District led by Pipe Major David Myles.
The highland dancing created a colourful scene with dancers from the Gordon School of Dancing ranging from five to 17 year olds wearing an extensive range of tartans.
They performed traditional highland dances as would be seen at Highland Games all over the country.
Commentator Norman Fiddes had a busy afternoon keeping the crowd up to date with the various events which continued nonstop until the Chieftain Ross Thomson took the final salute at the close of the games.
Montrose Town Band played at intervals during the afternoon led by Jim Easton.
Garry Seagraves from Aberdeen held the younger spectators spellbound with an hour long Magic Show. His assistant Basil, a pure white rabbit had the crowd guessing as to whether he was real or not as he sat so still until the finale of the show when he was the star turn. All this time a very large dog sat watching Basil with saliva dripping from his mouth thinking how tasty a snack he would be.
Belly dancers are a very unusual sight at Highland games but on Sunday they proved to be a great hit. Their graceful movements in elaborate brightly coloured costumes was a welcome addition to the programme.
At 2pm the Rose Queen Rachel Kennedy, accompanied by her Rose Maids Cara Barbour and Charley Laird and the Rosebuds Grace Smiants, Hayden Yeats, Olivia Coull and Sunny-Mae Dewar, were led into the arena by the pipe bands while a guard of the young kilted dancers awaited them. Chieftain Ross Thomson then performed the crowning ceremony.
Later in the afternoon the youngsters from MAGIC gymnastics gave an outstanding display.
The pet show was ably judged by Jean Christie who was a former Vice President of Montrose Highland games. Dogs of all shapes and sizes took part, but it was a Black Scottie who stole the show.
An array of princesses, two kilted dogs and Mary Poppins took part in the Fancy Dress judged by the Rose Queen.
Another highlight was the Fire Engine and the firefighters who gave up their free time to come along.
All the while the inviting smell of hamburgers kept a steady stream of customers at Madison’s BBQ.
The committee, who all had different roles and worked hard during the year with fundraising, were very pleased with the success of the day and are now planning for next year.
Anyone who would like to join the committee will be very welcome so please call 07843897150 to join up.
The organising team wished to express their thanks to all who supported them, especially the staff of the Sports Centre.