Aberdeen Highland Games cancelled after heavy rain

Aberdeen City Council has cancelled its summer highland games hours before it was due to begin after "heavier than forecast" rain.

The event was due to be held at the city's Hazlehead Park from 10:00 and 17:30 on Sunday.

The council said wet weather overnight had made the event site and car parking area unsafe.

The annual event includes family entertainment, pipe band competitions, Highland dancing, tug of war and other contests.

Standard ticket prices for the games cost £12 per adult and £30 for a family.

In a statement, Aberdeen City Council said: "Unfortunately due to heavier than forecast rain overnight, making the event site and car park unsafe, the Highland Games at Hazlehead Park has been cancelled."

The council said full refunds would be issued next week.