Legal eagle writes book on Highland Games hero

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LEGAL heavyweight Jack Davidson once used the long arm of the law in tests of strength at Highland Games. However, he admits he met his match when he came face to face with strongman athlete Bill Anderson.

The QC, whose high-profile cases have included the Lockerbie bombing, competed in both light and heavy events at Highland Games and

has now charted Mr Anderson in a new biography. Highland Fling was launched this week at a reception in Aberdeen's Society of Advocates, attended by a number of heavy athletes from past games.

Mr Davidson, 59, is a lifelong Highland Games enthusiast. A former East of Scotland shot and hammer champion, he faced Mr Anderson, now 71, several times.

He said: "I took part in Highland Games in the early 1970s and Bill Anderson was a formidable competitor – frankly he was well clear of me and his other rivals. I always admired Bill not just as a top athlete but also as a great sportsman. Since I'm interested in the history of the games, the idea of a biography of Bill just took off."

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