Sunny smiles on games day

Tra­di­tional event is well sup­ported

Perthshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - David Phillips

The 136th Strathardle High­land Gath­er­ing and Agri­cul­tural Show at Ban­ner­field, Kirk­michael, on Satur­day was held in warm sun­shine.

Games chief­tain Sir Michael Nairn de­scribed the af­ter­noon as well-sup­ported and gave a spe­cial wel­come to mem­bers of the Clan MacThomas from across the world and their chief, An­drew MacThomas of Fine­gand.

He said: “The gath­er­ing is the re­sult of months of prepa­ra­tion and at­ten­tion to de­tail by a small team of ded­i­cated vol­un­teer mem­bers of the com­mit­tee.”

Lo­cal heavy­weight games were held be­fore the tra­di­tional march into Ban­ner­field led by Sir Michael, Coupar An­gus Pipe Band and mem­bers of the Clan MacThomas Pipe Band – as well the Ems High­lander Pipes and Drums from Ger­many.

The Ban­ner­field Stan­dard was car­ried by vice-pres­i­dent Alec Rat­tray, and the Clan MacThomas Stan­dard by Chris Pye, in his role as act­ing ban­ner man.

The tro­phy for the fancy dress com­pe­ti­tion was do­nated by Sarah An­drew in mem­ory of her sis­ters Kitty and Claire. The win­ner was Made­line Sten­bridge, who dressed as a uni­corn.

There was con­tin­ued Bob Simp­son, Mains of Creuchies, and his daugh­ter Ruby, with their home-bred Li­mousin heifer off their stock bull

dis­ap­point­ment for spec­ta­tors who have en­joyed the lo­cal tug o’ war con­test be­tween teams rep­re­sent­ing Black­wa­ter and Strathardle for the Robert­son Cup. Dif­fer­ences in the in­ter­pre­ta­tion of res­i­den­tial qual­i­fi­ca­tions are still un­re­solved.

But while the men’s open con­tests were pale com­pared with re­cent years, the ladies brought some en­ter­tain­ing com­pe­ti­tion – with the Kirk­michael Be­gin­ners beat­ing Strathardle Inn 2-0 to win the Ivy Bai­ley Tro­phy.

The af­ter­noon pro­gramme of com­pe­ti­tions and en­ter­tain­ment also in­cluded High­land dancing,

heavy­weight events, and races for chil­dren and young adults. Other at­trac­tions in­cluded a pa­rade around the arena by vin­tage trac­tors and cars and the pipes and drums.

Tro­phies and awards won in the agri­cul­tural and in­dus­trial sec­tions were handed over by Coun­cil­lor Caro­line Shiers, who was pre­sented with a flo­ral ar­range­ment by An­nie Pyne and Grace Nor­wood, P1 pupils at Kirk­michael Pri­mary School.

The gath­er­ing was brought to a close at around 5.45pm with mu­si­cal cars for the Robert Sam­ple Tro­phy.

• More re­sults and pic­tures will be in­cluded in Fri­day’s PA.

Mem­bers of the Ems High­land Pipes and Drums, who vis­ited from Ger­many

Far-flung vis­i­tors

Cat­tle cham­pion

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