A Balloch schoolboy flexed his muscles with one of West Dunbartonshire’s strongest men ahead of the Loch Lomond Highland Games this weekend.

Young Jack, 5, showed heavyweight Thomas Graham what he was made of for one of the event’s most popular competitions – tossing the caber.

The pair were joined by dancers Kristie Scott, 14, and Ella Potter, 5, both from Lacey Brown School of Dance, who will compete in the Highland dancing competition.

More than 350 competitors will be showing off their skills at Moss O’Balloch for the games on Saturday, July 13th, with gates opening at 9.30am.

Thomas who will be helping at the event this year, said: “I’ve been competing at the Loch Lomond Highland Games for a number of years and it is a very popular event both for competitors and visitors.

"Over the years I’ve seen an increase in the number of people attending the event both locally and internationally.”

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The event is one of the top competitions in Scotland and has a prize pot of around £12,000 up for grabs with past international competitors from countries such as America and Canada.

Spectators can expect a great show with a host of different events including running, cycling, wrestling, jumping, solo piping, pipe bands, highland dancing and the tug of war.

But the highlight will no doubt be the Scottish Highland Games Association World Heavyweight Championship – including caber, hammer, ball and weight – and the highland dancing competition.

Outside the main arena, spectators will find a variety of trade stalls selling a range of modern and traditional goods, food and drink.

This year, the event will also be broadcast to millions who watch Chinese travel programme ‘Zhu’s Life in Britain’ with presenter, Ms Zhu in attendance.

The event will close with a parade from the event field to Balloch Railway station at 5pm featuring the pipers, dancers and participating athletes offering a dramatic end to what promises to be a wonderful event.

Visitors should adhere to parking restrictions in and around the venue in Balloch and follow advice from the stewards.

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Tickets are priced as follows: Adults £6, juveniles £3.50, family £15 and 60 plus £3.50.