Ayr Rugby Football Club

The first Land O'Burns Weekender was a terrific two-day event of live music, beach rugby, beer festival and more!

An estimated 3000 people visited Millbrae last weekend to attend the opening night party on Friday, and the beach rugby events and beer festival on Saturday.

350 tonnes of sand went into the specially constructed pitch, thanks to KT Montgomery and club sponsor JJL Groundworks, all overseen by Ayr RFC director of rugby Jim Lymburn.

It was U14 teams from the west of Scotland who took to the sand first, playing the legacy tournament on Saturday morning, with Glasgow Hawks winning the event.

Then the men and women played their competitions throughout the afternoon, cheered on by a huge crowd buoyed by the rugby and the fact that the rain stayed away.

Cumnock and Kilmarnock won the women's and men's bowls respectively; SamH, a charity team led by Ayr's Gregor Henry and Craig Stevenson to help raise funds for and awareness of the Scottish Association for Mental Health, claimed the men's plate; and Hillhead/Jordanhill and Ayr were triumphant in the women's and men's cup finals.

The beach rugby was held in aid of Ayr Community Rugby Trust, which supports young players at Ayr RFC, Marr RFC and Carrick RFC, as well as primary and secondary school children throughout South Ayrshire. The Bill McLaren Foundation and South Ayrshire Council also lent their support to the event.

The Land O'Burns Beer Festival celebrated its second year with 11 of Scotland's best breweries present, as well as a gin bar provided by the Newmarket, and our own prosecco bar. There was fresh food from No 22, Flaming Indulgence and our own kitchen, not to mention some fantastic live music throughout the day, and well into the night.

We would like to thank our wonderful sponsors and patrons, volunteers, and everyone who attended, but especially our organising committee, who did a fantastic job! We'll see you all again in 2018!

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