Picture special: Thornton Highland Gathering 2016

The threat of summer showers did little to deter Fifers as hundreds enjoyed the entertainments and competitive spirit of the annual Thornton Highland Gathering.

Tuesday, 5th July 2016, 3:36 pm
Updated Tuesday, 5th July 2016, 4:41 pm
Thornton Highland Gathering. Pics: Fife Photo Agency
Thornton Highland Gathering. Pics: Fife Photo Agency

The public flocked to Memorial Park in the town to enjoy the historic games from across the region to witness a full array of traditional and heavy sporting events which included the likes of hammer throwing and caber tossing, as well as cycling and and athletics contests.

And if that wasn’t enough, the sounds of the pipe bands and visual delights of the highland dancing also proved hugely popular.

Trade stalls, a fairground and a vintage farm tractor and vehicle displays completed the ever popular gathering.

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June Innes, secretary of the organising committee, told the Gazette the event turned out to be a lovely occasion once again, despite the heavy morning downpour.

“We were once again fortunate with the weather, which was not looking likely in the early morning,” she said.

“It turned out to be a lovely afternoon weatherise which is always a bonus.”

And she paid credit to Chieftain Dave McCain for his dedication and work on the day.

“He’s been a big supporter of the event and was on hand to declare the gathering open,” she added.

For details of the events and a link to a full list of results, go to www.shga.co.uk/cms/upload/file/Thornton2016results.pdf