Ballater Floods


Ballater Floods wreak havoc on 30th December 2015.

Unprecedented  Ballater floods caused householders to be evacuated.
Many residents lost everything they had, and were forced into temporary accommodation.

Washed up car Ballater floods, with wheely bins trapped underneath by flooding (Bill Bagshaw/M. Williams)Caravans were tossed around by the floods and washed downstream, smashing into houses, and the Ballater Bridge.

Ballater floods smash caravans into houses. A caravan came to rest upon other ones which had already smashed into houses during the flooding. (Bill Bagshaw/M. Williams)

Roads were badly damaged, and  emergency services called in.

Cambus O May suspension bridge was submerged and badly damaged by flood debris, leaving a large bend at mid span with many planks missing.

Cambus O May Suspension Bridge flood damage. Flood debris has badly damaged Cambus O May suspension bridge, which is bent in the middle. (Bill Bagshaw/M. Williams)

Remains of the green caravan that hit Ballater bridge

Remains of green caravan which hit Ballater bridge. The caravan was wrapped around the bridge after hitting it during the floodING. (Bill Bagshaw/M. Williams)

The Caravan site sustained massive damage.

Pile of smashed caravans washed up by Ballater flooding (Bill Bagshaw/M. Williams)

Reflection on a dark day

Reflection on a dark day. Ballater flooding 2015. Washed up caravan reflected in flood water (Bill Bagshaw/M. Williams)


Heavy Events


Heavy Events

Heavy Events are spectacles of amazing feats of strength.      The competitors are known as Heavies.          Heavies are the superstars of  Scottish Highland Games.

Scottish Highland Games differ from Highland Games abroad where Heavy Events are more prominently featured.
Scottish Highland Games are also a festival of piping, Highland dress, races, pipe bands, tug o war, culture and highland dancing. online magazine, photo courses (Bill Bagshaw & Martin Williams/Bill Bagshaw, Swirling kilts as The Heavies put the stone at The Aboyne Highland Games,Royal Deeside,Scotland. dSider online magazine Photography by Bill Bagshaw photography courses (Bill Bagshaw & Martin Williams/Bill Bagshaw, online magazine, photo courses (Bill Bagshaw & Martin Williams/Bill Bagshaw,

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Putting the stone Aboyne Highland Games (Bill Bagshaw/M.Williams/COPYRIGHT)www-dsider-co-uk

Braemar Gathering 2014


Braemar Gathering 2014

Braemar Gathering 2014 got off to a great start with a pleasant morning.  In the afternoon The Gathering was hit by heavy rain, causing difficulties for the hill racers.

Fortunately the sun broke through before Her Majesty The Queen arrived, accompanied by Prince Charles and the Duke of Edinburgh.

The Queen accepts flowers watched by Prince Charles
  Copyright Bill Bagshaw

Her Majesty The Queen accepts flowers whilst prince Charles looks on Braemar Gathering 2014 (Bill Bagshaw/M.Williams/COPYRIGHT)

The Royal Salute                                                           #BraemarGathering

Braemar Gathering Royal Salute. The massed pipe bands salute The Royal Family at Braemar Highland Games (Bill Bagshaw/M.Williams/COPYRIGHT)

A drummer enjoys the party atmosphere

 (Bill Bagshaw/M.Williams/COPYRIGHT)

Even The Heavies were forced to take cover from the rain                                                                               Braemar Versammlung Schottland

 (Bill Bagshaw/M.Williams/COPYRIGHT)

Shot !   Putting The Stone                                                                           推铅球                                            苏格兰链球

Shot Braemar Gathering (Bill Bagshaw/M.Williams/COPYRIGHT)

Tug O War

 (Bill Bagshaw/M.Williams/COPYRIGHT)

Pipers                                             苏格兰风笛

Pipers Braemar Gathering (Bill Bagshaw/M.Williams/COPYRIGHT)

Braemar Royal Highland Society                                                          风笛

 (Martin Williams)

The Hill Race Sets Off

 (Bill Bagshaw/M.Williams/COPYRIGHT)

Police Pipe Band Drum Major                                                                      Schottischer Tambourmajor Braemar Schottland


Braemar. Police Pipe Band Drum Major, Braemar Gathering (Bill Bagshaw/M.Williams/COPYRIGHT)

Raising The Caber

 (Bill Bagshaw/M.Williams/COPYRIGHT)

Drum Majoress

Drum Majoress Braemar Gathering (Bill Bagshaw/M.Williams/COPYRIGHT)

Tossing The Caber                                                                                                                                                  Baumstammwerfen

Tossing the caber Braemar Gathering (Bill Bagshaw/M.Williams/COPYRIGHT)

Tug o War overhead view

Braemar Gathering Tug O War aerial view (Bill Bagshaw/M.Williams/COPYRIGHT)

Haste Ye Back to Braemar Gathering

Haste Ye Back Braemar Gathering (Bill Bagshaw/M.Williams/COPYRIGHT)

The stands await you for the next Braemar Gathering

The grandstand at Braemar awaits the next Braemar Gathering which takes place in front of Her Majesty The Queen. copyright Bill Bagsgaw. dSider Royal Deeside Magazine, photo courses (Bill Bagshaw & Martin Williams/Bill Bagshaw,

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Deeside Steam Vintage Rally


Deeside Steam Vintage Rally

Deeside Steam Vintage Rally August  16-17th.         Banchory and Crathes go back in time, as vintage steam powered vehicles take over.

Little and Large          #DeesideVintageRally     #DeesideSteamRally   #DeesideSteamVintageRally online magazine, photo courses (Bill Bagshaw & Martin Williams/Bill Bagshaw,

Steam Powered Vehicles Invade Banchory   photos by Bill Bagshaw online magazine, photo courses (Bill Bagshaw & Martin Williams/Bill Bagshaw,

Steam Engine close up                            #dsider online magazine, photo courses (Bill Bagshaw & Martin Williams/Bill Bagshaw,
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150th Ballater Highland Games


150th Ballater Highland Games massed Pipe Bands parade

150th Ballater Highland Games 14th August 2014.  Massed Pipe Bands parade down Ballater High Street.

Ballaters Pipe Bands Drum Major signals a turn as massed pipe bands march into Monaltrie Park.                                                                                                                     #BallaterGames2014 (Bill Bagshaw/M.Williams/COPYRIGHT)

Drum Major passes Ballater Church as massed pipe bands parade down Ballater High Street on the occasion of the 150th Ballater Games in 2014

Drum major at 150th Ballater Highland Games in 2014. Massed pipe bands parade past Ballater Church (Bill Bagshaw/M.Williams/COPYRIGHT)

Massed pipe band passes Ballater Station                       #Ballater   #BallaterStation  #BallaterHighlandGames

Massed pipe Bands parade past Ballater Station on the 150th Ballater Highland Games in 2014 (Bill Bagshaw/M.Williams/COPYRIGHT)#dsider

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