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Luss Highland Gathering spectacular in the Loch Lomondside sunshine

Pictures by Bill Heaney

Thousands of people poured into the Loch Lomondside village of Luss for the annual Highland Games.

Warmth from the sun and the welcome from the Colquhouns made it a day to remember for villagers and visitors from Minnesota to Melbourne.

The day began with the Colquhoun family, escorted by by the Clan Colquhoun Pipe Band from Helensburgh, leading a large parade through the village from the pier to the Games field.

The highlight of the non sporting events, of which there were many and various, was the handing over of the Chieftainship of the Games by Sir Malcolm Colquhoun to his son, Patrick.

Sir Malcolm took over as Chieftain from his father, the late Sir Ivar, 35 years ago, and Sir Ivar from Sir Ian many years before him in a tradition going back centuries.

A terrific day of events from tossing the caber to athletics and cycling plus piping and Highland dancing competitions then took place.

And the festivities went on well into the evening.

 

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