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Village is set for Highland games

By Kyle Ritchie

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Thousands are set to descend on Cornhill this weekend for its Highland games.

Part of the Scottish Highland Games Association and Grampian Games Association, the event on Saturday is one of the highlights on the calendar for the local community, as well as the numerous visitors who attend from throughout north-east Scotland and beyond.

The Highland dancing competition starts at 10.30am with all other events starting at 11.00am.

Cornhill Highland Games will be held this Saturday.
Cornhill Highland Games will be held this Saturday.

A games spokeswoman said: "Pipe bands from Buckie, Portsoy and Strathisla will be playing at various times during the day and a variety of stalls and caterers will be showcased, as well as a host of children’s activities.

"Our licensed bar will be open from midday to 9pm, with music from 4pm, over 18s only. Our compere for the day is Graham Thomson."

The heavy events include Putting the stone: A 16lb or 22lb stone which is putt with one hand only from in front of the shoulders.

Throwing the hammer: The sphere of the hammer weighs either 16lbs or 22lbs and has a wooden shaft measuring 4’2″ overall. The hammer is swung around the thrower’s head to gain momentum and is released, throwing straight off behind the thrower.

Throwing the weight for distance: A 28lb sphere on a chain with a handle at the end. The thrower swings the weight to the side then behind him, he waltzes around and on the third turn heaves the weight round and throws it as far as he can.

Tossing the caber – A tree trunk weighing approximately 150lb and about 18′ long. The caber is lifted and the length rests on the thrower's shoulder. With a fast run then sharp stop, the thrower tosses the end he is holding into the air so it lands pointing away from him.

The light events include 90 metres, 400m and 800m races, high jump, long jump and hop, step and Leap.

There will also be tug of war competitions, the Knock Hill Race, 10k Road Race and The Fernie Race.

Further information can be found at www.cornhillhighlandgames.org

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