Jul 20 2012 by Johnathon Menzies, Stirling Observer Friday
RURAL residents braved the rain for the annual Rob Roy Gala in Kinlochard on Sunday.
Ann McNally was crowned Queen and put in a sterling performance in her jubilee year on a day that showcased the best in community spirit, despite the weather.
Local councillor and former Stirling Provost Fergus Wood was MC for the day.
He told the Observer: “The numbers were down slightly compared to last year, probably because of the weather, but it was a great day and everything that was planned went ahead on the day.
“The organisers were determined to see it through, despite the weather, and I would say it was a great day all round.
“The games are great for the area because they bring everyone together. It’s pleasing they went ahead after so many other events have been cancelled throughout the area recently.”
A delegation from the Central Scotland Fire and Rescue Service, based at Aberfoyle station, triumphed against a team of heavyweight athletes in the final of the tug-o-war competition.
The world champion giant sack race title was retained by Kathryn Maltby, alongside new teammates Easton Bilsborough and Anna French-Constant.
Youngster Charlie Griffiths was among the winners in the ever-popular junior heavies’ event, taking home the title of U11 shot put champion.
Other highlights included appearances by powerlifter Neil Elliot and veteran Hamish Davidson in the throwing events.
Callander Pipe Band also showcased its skills and the Trossachs Search and Rescue Team treated onlookers to a dog display.
Funds generated on the day will be donated to the upkeep of Kinlochard Village Hall.
Cheese scones: 1 Gillian Lester, 2 Norah Campbell, 3 Shona Baston. Pancakes: 1 Norah Campbell. Fruit loaf: 1 James Kennedy, 2 Norah Campbell, 3 Fi Oakey. Victoria sponge: 1 Alison Boa, 2 Pat Thomson, 3 Shona Baston. Shortbread biscuits: 1 Shona Baston. Lemon loaf: 1 Alison Boa. Gingerbread: 1 Pat Thomson. Alison Boa won the Kinlochard Baking Cup.
Something new from something old: 1 George Campbell, 2 Shona Baston, 3 Amy Baston. Posy of flowers: Shona Baston. Shona won the Kinlochard Arts and Craft Cup.