JULY 31, 2003

THOUSANDS turned out for Luss Highland Gathering last week — despite the torrential rain.

And visitors from all over the world were treated to traditional competitions like tossing the caber, tug of war, piping and Highland dancing. Races and field events such as the high jump and the long jump also proved popular.

Of course, a wee refreshment — and some shelter — was available in the beer tent.

And there were loads of stalls selling everything from juice and sweets to farm produce.

This year there was also a craft tent and visitors could snap up some camping equipment and traditional tartan. Ian Cairns, stall convener, said: “It’s just a shame you can’t legislate for the weather.”

The committee works tirelessly all year round to make sure the day is a success. He added: “We’ve had stalls that have been coming to this event longer than I’ve been on the committee! Most of them come every year.

“Normally we expect between 5,000 and 6,500 people here but unfortunately I don’t think we’ll have as many this year because of the weather.”

Visitors from Greece, Spain, Italy, America and Canada all turned up. Thomas Black, honorary president, added: “These games have traditionally proved popular with tourists.”