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Published 30 June 2017

Preparations are well underway for this year’s Loch Lomond Highland Games, which are expected to attract visitors and competitors from around the globe.

Two-year-old Henry Firth took to the games field in Balloch this week to put one competitor through his paces. The toddler went head to head with heavyweight competitor David Hume in the build-up to the annual event.

Thousands of visitors are expected at this year’s Games on Saturday 15 July from 9am until 5pm at Moss O’Balloch.

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

A group of international heavyweights are among the competitors preparing to compete for the £10,000 prize fund at the Games.

The schedule also includes the 80metre Scottish Sprint Championship and the closely-contested Scottish Highland Games Association World Heavyweight Championship.

West Dunbartonshire Provost William Hendrie said: “The Loch Lomond Highland Games is always a hugely popular event and a fantastic day out with plenty to keep visitors of all ages entertained. We are proud to once again welcome visitors from outwith Scotland who have made the journey to be at the games. I’m sure everyone who attends, whether they’re locals, tourists or competitors will have a great time. I would encourage people to make the most of the day by arriving early and soaking up the magnificent atmosphere and tradition these Games are famous for.”

Hammy Stewart, Chair of Loch Lomond Highland Games Committee, said: “We are delighted to be working with the Council again to host the 51st  Loch Lomond Highland Games.  We have a great partnership with the Council and it’s with their support we are proud to produce this great traditional day. Along with our usual events we have a  42-piece symphonic  wind band from Belgium and Basque athletes performing stone lifting and wood cutting to keep the crowds entertained on the day.”

Outside the main arena, spectators will find a variety of trade stalls selling a range of modern and traditional goods, 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). Tickets will be available at the gate on the day of the event.