Ballater Highland Games 2016

What a fabulous, full on day we had at the 2016 Ballater Games, after initial concerns with so much rain overnight and early on Games Day morning. We hope all our guests and visitors in our large crowd of spectators, enjoyed the day and our seven pipe bands as much as we did.

We were honoured to welcome Royal visitors, Their Royal Highnesses, the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay, and trust they enjoyed being with us, as much as we enjoyed having them. They arrived before the formal opening of the Games, when, at their request, they met a group of Ballater people who had been badly affected by the December flooding.

The Duke also made a presentation of an engraved Ballater Games Shield to one of our Piping Judges, Norman Matheson, in recognition of outstanding long service to Ballater Highland Games.

After the formal opening, The Duke and Duchess strolled among our trade stalls before the Duke enjoyed a dram while watching the ongoing events.

Before leaving, the Duke surprised Drum Major Ian Esson of Ballater & District Pipe Band by making him an Honorary Lead Drum Major in recognition of his outstanding service to Ballater Highland Games
The Lord Lieutenant for Aberdeenshire, Mr. James Ingleby, and the Aberdeenshire Provost, Mr. Hamish Vernal, were also welcome guests at our 2016 Games. 

We were again honoured to welcome our Chieftain, Captain Alwyne Farquharson, and his party, for the Captain’s 68th year as Chieftain! In the unique Ballater tradition, he entered the arena with his colour party through the Honour Guard formed by members of the Queen's Royal Guard. The Chieftain made a presentation to our Honorary Vice President Francie Farquharson on his retirement from the Games Committee.
At the end of the Games, many then made their way to the Church Green to watch the Ballater and District Pipe Band Beating Retreat.

So, another great day in wonderful Ballater as we continue to recover from last year’s flood. Make sure you put the date in your calendar now for next year - Thursday 10th August 2017.

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