After more than 40 years as caller for the Braemar Gathering Robbie Shepherd has handed over the reins.
The veteran has taken centre stage providing commentary for Highland games ever since first getting involved “for a laugh” in 1973.
Having seen his fame grow over the years – performing at games in front of the Royal family, hosting radio shows and writing Doric books – Robbie made the decision to step down.
It means this Saturday’s Braemar Gathering will be the first which hasn’t seen Robbie, 80, as the main commentator in decades.
He said: “It’s been a labour of love but I just thought the time was right to hand over to a more fit and agile caller.
“I’m an 80-year-old and I felt if I was to be sitting down too often it would take away from my skills as a commentator.
“I won’t be involved officially but I’ll still go and I’m just as enthusiastic.”
Robbie first got the gig having been talent spotted while working as an entertainer at the stock car races in Garlogie.
It was suggested he give the job of caller a go at the games in Oldmeldrum for a laugh.
And it wasn’t long before Robbie moved up the ranks from assistant to main caller at the Braemar Gathering.
Although he is most well known for the games in Braemar – traditionally attended each year by the Royal family – he has also commentated at others throughout Scotland, including in Ballater and the Lonach Highland Gathering at Strathdon.
He added: “It was a bit of pressure when I first had to address Her Majesty, but I got used to it.
“The strange thing at Braemar is the press always surge forward when the Royal car arrives.
“It means I can’t see and I have to look through their legs.
“I don’t know who is in the Royal party up until the last minute, so I just assume one or two things and have an idea of what I’ll have to say.”
Robbie was honoured with an MBE in the 2001 New Year Honours for services to Scottish Dance Music and to Scottish Culture.