The weather may have turned on Saturday, but the smiles were as bright as the sunny skies earlier in the week at this year’s Lochs Show.
Despite the downpour a large crowd turned out to enjoy all the sights and entertainments at the afternoon event from stunt shows, bouncy castles, clay pigeon shooting, running, tombolas and craft stalls, all washed down with a hog roast roll and delicious home-baking and a cuppa, there was plenty to see and do at this popular show.
MCs for the day were Donnie ‘Gazette’ Macinnes and Councillor John A. Maciver, who kept the crowd informed and entertained throughout.
This year Scottish writer and broadcaster, Alastair McIntosh opened the show.
Alistair was raised in the Lochs area, and his late father was the local G.P for many years.
One of the many highlights of the show was the Stannage Stunt Team, who put on a great performance, with kids from the audience asked to volunteer to take part in the spectacle.
And with thrilling bike leaps over moving vehicles, and a flaming human torch stunt thrown in for good measure, the audience were appreciative of the many skills on display.
Craft stalls presented an array of unique Island wares from the Gaelic sloganed pinnies, translated as ‘I Prefer A Niseach’ (all other Island ‘nationalities’ were also featured) to beautiful hand-made cards trimmed in Harris Tweed, there was plenty to tempt the buyer.
And if hunger pangs struck during your day there was everything from a hog-roast roll, burger or prawn sarnies to a magnificent spread of home-baking, which kept the tea tent buzzing all afternoon, with the queue for the delicious baked goods snaking down the length of the area.
A little bit of politics was also on display courtesy of the Better Together and Yes Scotland stalls, which were primed and ready to offer information to visitors about the questions being raised in the Referendum debate.
If you were feeling lucky you could try your hand at the various tombolas, or buy a ticket for the star prize of a Vauxhall Corsa, which was eventually won by Stornoway resident Angela Macrae.
Picking up the car, she said: “I am very surprised and delighted to win, I’m sure someone is going to tell me it’s a wind up - it is great!”
Talking of this year’s show Chair of Lochs Committee, Peter Maclennan said: “The show went very well despite the weather. The feedback was very positive.”