Big crowds expected as Aboyne Games mark 150th year

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Thousands of people will descend on Deeside this weekend for the 150th Aboyne Highland Games.

Strongmen, highland dancers, runners and pipers will all arrive to take part in the annual event, which is held on the village green on Saturday.

To mark the major milestone, organisers have unveiled a commemorative caber.

Measuring 23ft 6in and weighing approximately 130lbs, the heavy hopefuls will have to throw it end over end into the perfect 12 o’clock position.

There will also be 150 runners put through their paces in the popular Fungle Road Race, which covers close to seven miles along the road and around the base of Craigendinnie Hill.

And after a near 40-year absence, pole-vaulting will also return to this year’s programme. The world-famous “Dinnie Steens” will also be on display at the games. On Sunday, a host of heavies will attempt to lift them.

The senior games begin at 10am on Saturday with the massed pipe bands gathering for the official opening ceremony at 11.15am.

“After a near 40-year absence, pole-vaulting will also return”