The 28th annual St Andrews Highland Games will take place this weekend and organisers have reported the largest number of entries for many years.
Traditionally held on the final Sunday in July, members of the local games committee are keeping their fingers crossed for some summer sunshine at Station Park, now its regular venue.
Although one of the youngest gatherings in the circuit, the St Andrews event has built up an enviable reputation in attracting some of the world’s top competitors and this year is no exception.
An entry has been received for Sunday’s athletics from Chris O’Hare, who is a sub four-minute miler, still a rare achievement among Scottish athletes.
Chris is home for a spell from his studies in the United States and is keen to participate at the games where he first started his athletics career, said secretary Ian Grieve.
Always a real crowd pleaser, the heavyweight championship is again expected to be one of the highlights in the main arena.
Ian added: “A large overseas entry in the heavyweights is expected which is always one of the most popular and iconic events.”
A significant Highland dancing entry has also been received - with groups attending from Canada - and the competition will get underway at 10.30am ahead of the main arena events at 1pm.
Solo piping, tug of war and cycling are also lined up and there is a wide range of entertainment for all ages. A mini funfair, refreshment tents and stalls will circle the arena and the gathering will open with a performance by the City of St Andrews Pipe Band.
Despite the poor summer weather organisers are hopeful the event will go ahead as planned. Any updates will appear at www.shga.co.uk.