Fine weather brings out huge crowds at Abernethy
The population of Nethy Bridge shot up on Saturday with about 3,650 people turning out to watch or compete in the Abernethy Highland Games.
Torrential rain the day before had flooded the field but by Saturday the water had disappeared, producing ideal conditions.
And a shot put record was smashed by Aberdeenbased Czech athlete Vlad Tulacek, who threw a distance of 56ft 10ins, beating the second place finisher by 9ft 10ins.
Mr Tulacek also achieved a games record by throwing the 56lb weight over a bar set at 15ft 10ins in height.
Abernethy Highland Games Association chairman, Neil Sutherland said: “It was a very successful Games. The weather was perfect and we had visitors numbers up by 17% on last year. It’s the largest attendance for several years.”
Mr Tulacek won the overall heavies competition but Nethy man Conan Quinn won the shot put event for locals in record breaking fashion by throwing a distance of 40ft.
In the piping, Ed MacIlwayne of Vancouver won the Pibroch competition and Alan Clark, of Aberdeen, won most points in the senior piping section.
Winner of the most promising piper aged 17 and under title was Kyle Cameron of Rosemarkie. The pipe band competition was won by Portsoy.