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Tiny Dancers Take on Heavyweight in Build-Up to Loch Lomond Highland Games

A group of local highland dancers got to grips with the art of tug of war as they fine-tuned preparations for the 2016 Loch Lomond Highland Games.

Taking place on Saturday 16 July from 9am until 5pm at Moss O’Balloch, the event is one of the top competitions in Scotland with a prize fund of £15,000 up for grabs.

Paris McCrae, eight, Niamh Marsland, six, and Kasey Morrison, nine, took to the Bonnie Banks to try to outmuscle heavyweight competitor David Hume in the build-up to the annual event (all pictured above). The girls will be representing Dawn’s Dance Academy in the Highland Dancing competitions and are hoping their extra training will give them the edge.

Renton Primary pupil Paris said: “We always look forward to this competition because it’s our home event and it means all our friends and family can come to watch. We’ve been practicing really hard and hopefully it will all pay off on the day.”

Outside the main arena, spectators will find a wide variety of trade stalls selling a range of modern and traditional goods and food and drink. The event will close with a mass Pipe band march through the main street in Balloch offering a dramatic end to what promises to be a wonderful event.

Visitors should adhere to parking restrictions in and around the venue in Balloch and follow advice from the stewards.

Tickets cost £5 for adults, £3 for children and over 60s, with a family ticket costing £13 (2 adults and up to 3 children).

Spectators will be entertained throughout the day with track and field events including running, jumping, cycling, wrestling, the heavyweight events of ball, hammer, weight and caber, plus the highland dancing and pipe band competitions.

The schedule also includes the nation’s only Highland Games Triathlon and the 80-metre Scottish Sprint Championship and the closely fought Scottish Highland Games Association World Heavyweight Championship.

West Dunbartonshire Provost Douglas McAllister said: “The Loch Lomond Highland Games offers something to keep everyone entertained and is a fantastic family day out. Visitors travel from far and wide to enjoy the various events on show, and the ‘heavies’ competition always draws in the crowds. Make sure you get along early to soak up all the action and let’s hope the sun is shining on Balloch as it has in previous years.” 

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