Playing the games

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THOUSANDS of residents filled Rouken Glen park on Saturday for East Renfrewshire’s first-ever Highland Games.

As part of the Tartan Day celebration visitors from Denmark, Poland, China, South Africa, Australia and even Mongolia were in attendance.

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Highland Games Chieftain, provost Alex Mackie said: “This is a celebration of Scotland, its people, its heritage, its history and its culture.

“By bringing the Highland Games into what is already a hugely successful day only increased the scale and status of the event and provided a real spectacle for everyone to enjoy”.

The fun-packed event saw a battle of the giants between ten professional strongmen including Scottish Highland Games world champion Gregor Edmunds.

Barrhead’s Daniel Carlin, current Scottish and English under 23 shot putt champion, was also there showing off his strength.

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Titled the Scottish Native Heavy Event Championships, the event saw athletes compete in traditional highland games events including caber tossing, hammer and weight over bar.

Gregor was overall winner with 48 points, the runner-up was Lorne Coulthard from Blair Atholl with 37.5 points and in third place was Sinclair Patience with 35.5 points.

The Local Heroes competition was won by Darren Rutter from East Kilbride with Fraser McPherson in second and David Ferguson third.

The women’s welly throwing competition was won by Rutherglen’s Alexis Queen.

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Meanwhile the Juveniles Games event was fiercely competed for by pupils from four East Renfrewshire high schools.

In first place were Mearns Castle represented by Ian Monaghan and Emma Shaw.

Runner-up Emma High was from St Luke’s, St Ninian’s Mark Carr and Lauren came in third and Williamwood’s Alistair McCallum and Christiana Skea fourth.

Visitors also enjoyed Tartan Day’s farmers’ market, the arts and craft fair, highland dancing competitions, children’s entertainment, races for youngsters and entertainment from Neilston and District Pipes and Drums.

Doug Edmonds, of the Highland Games Consultancy, said: “ “We are certainly looking forward coming back in future years, to build on the success of this year’s games and to make it a major attraction in this area”.