Under hundreds of gazes, the two Inveraray & District Pipe Bands led the parade to start the 2013 Inveraray Highland Games at 10.45 this morning, followed by an exotic and extremely tuneful visitor – the Gladsaxe Brass Band from Coperhagen.
The world of piping knows plenty about the Grade 1 Inveraray and District Pipe Band which is playing even more out of its socks this year – but the Gladsaxe Brass Band was up there in the calibre of the music it was playing.
And yes, drams and shortbread were taken during the gathering before the parade set off. Traditions become traditions for good reason.
The town was full, the streets lined, expectations high, feet tapping, cameras clicking – with coincidental visitors counting their good fortune to be in Inveraray on the day.
Some took it all pretty much in their stride.
Nothing like playing it cool.
Representatives from near and far were in the parade.
Although the morning was a bit grey, its was dry and the forecast is offering improvement in to the afternoon.
A last dram anyone?
The World Caber Tossing Championships comes later in the afternoon, with the professional heavy athletes going for it in the Games held in the grounds of Inveraray Castle, hereditary seat of the Dukes of Argyll, Chieftains of Clan Campbell.