The day started off dull, overcast with a haar covering the coast and slightly inland. Viewing the arena first thing in the morning I was struck by the “spiders webs” covering the field. The haar (mist to some) stayed most of the day with the sun breaking through after 4 pm to bring a good end to the day.
The Pipe Band Championships had 79 performances through-out the day starting very early – about 9.15 am and finishing shortly before 5 pm. Unfortunately the prize giving took far too long and the march down to the High Street did not begin until 6.45 pm. We will have to re-visit this again as it’s meant to start at 6 pm at the latest.
The heavy events saw 8 men competing and after last year’s female demonstration event, there was an actual female competition this year with 4 women competing.
Solo Piping and Highland Dancing events also took place and there was some discussion regarding increasing the Solo Piping in future.
Attendance was around 4,200 spectators which, regrettably, is down again.I think we need some good weather in the run-up to the actual day to improve this.
Results for some of the competitions can be found using the links below.