On the 18th February 2017 history was made at Potarch when Stevie Shanks son of Jack Shanks successfully lifted the Dinnie Stones.
Having travelled form Belfast to Potarch the Shank family stayed at Potarch Lodge on Ballogie Estate. The successful attempt was witnessed by a large gathering of family, friends and supportors who enjoyed watching not only Stevie achieve a lifelong ambition, but also two other competitive strongmen, John Pollock (Aryshire)) and Ben Thomson (Aberdeen) both successfully lift the Dinnie Stones in an epic afternoon full of strength and determination.
Jack and Stevie Shanks are reportedly the only father and son pair to lift the stones since Dinnie and his father did so in the 19th Century. Jack a retired policeman first lifted the stones in 1972 and was exceptionally proud to be at Potarch 45 years later to witness his son put "wind beneath the stones" Jack is also the first man credited with lifting and carrying the stones when in 1973 he equalled the distance (17ft 1") that the great scottish sportsman Donald Dinnie achieved in 1860.
A week later another group of four strongmen made the journey to Potarch to make their lift attempts. David Bagnall from Lisburn and Brian Irwin from Belfast successfully lifted the stones to the delight of all the gathered spectators.
Congratulations from us all at Ballogie Estate to Stevie, John, Ben, David and Brian!