THE curtain has come down on the 214th Whipman Play, and despite the rain during the week, it didn’t dampen the spirits of West Lintoners.

Since the installation ceremony at the start of the month, the Whipman and Lass have had a jam-packed schedule, with parades, horse riding, competition judging, dancing and more. 

Looking back at the week, Rob said: “It has been a whirlwind Whipman week. So many activities requiring so much effort to put on, and supported by so many people.

"Everyone has pulled together and been rewarded with great fun - the sun even shone when we needed it to! The enthusiasm of the younger ones has been particularly infectious. 

“Other highlights included being on the racing carriage with my daughter Lucy who is suffering from ME. The rideout was spectacular, laying the wreath was also particularly moving, and is a good reminder of all the things we should be thankful for. A brilliant week and an honour to be Whipman 2017.”

On Tuesday, the children had a fun morning with a bouncy castle, face paints and crown making. The rain continued into the evening but it did not stop the spirits of those attending the PTA Junior Disco.

The weather was kinder on Wednesday for the bogie races, wheelbarrow races and pillow fight, and several first time runners participated in the cross country events.

Another wet evening followed on Thursday for the rugby. Meanwhile over 150 people flocked to hear the professional comedians in the Marquee, with hardly a dry eye in sight. 

The Ex-Whipman’s Dance on Friday was once again well attended, with several hundred tickets sold. 2016’s Whipman Gary and Louise Ross were presented with the Whipman’s tie and Ex-Whipman’s Lass badge - both will now have their names cemented in history after officially joining the ranks of Exs. 

On Saturday, the final day of the Whipman fell upon the village. West Linton & District Pipe Band with Whipman Rob, his Right and Left Hand Supporters, the Barony Herald, Presenting Lady and Flower Girl, led the procession of Ex-Whipmen and Lasses from School Brae to the War Memorial, where Rob placed a wreath to remember those that have fallen in battle. 

Afterwards, Rob and Becs opened sports day, where Ross Wolfenden won the Bond Trophy for the Best Overall Athlete in the Games. Even with the suggestion of rain, the Green was busy with families watching their children taking part in various sports.

There was even time for adults to take part in the ‘heavy’ events including tossing the caber and a farmers walk. 

Seven o’clock marked the return of the Tug ‘o’ War and this year, four ladies and four gents teams entered. Taking part was the name of the game and great fun was had by all.