British Gold Panning Championships Wanlockhead 2014

IT’S not everyday you can attend a British Championship event on your doorstep – but that’s exactly what happened when the Gold Panning Championships were held in Wanlockhead.

The annual event at the Museum of Lead Mining brought competitors from across the country to the village for a weekend of competition and fun.

Hunting for gold...at Wanlockhead Museum in the Scottish and British Gold Panning Championships on Saturday, May 24, and Sunday, May 25, 2014 (Pics by Rodger Price)

Hunting for gold...at Wanlockhead Museum in the Scottish and British Gold Panning Championships on Saturday, May 24, and Sunday, May 25, 2014 (Pics by Rodger Price)

And it wasn’t just the professionals who were going for gold over the weekend as absolute beginners got the chance to try their luck.

The championships are an event open to everyone and act as a yearly get-together of mostly British and sometimes foreign enthusiasts.

There were numerous categories over the two days with the participants split into Open Championships, Veterans and Juniors.

And even the youngsters showed that they definitely had an eye for gold!

The weekend has become a firm fixture in the Wanlockhead calendar ever since the World Gold Panning Championships were first held in the village in 1992.

And with the success of this year’s Championships no doubt many will return in great numbers in 2015.

Freelance photographer Rodger Price was on hand to capture all the action for the Gazette and his pictures have been arranged in our slideshow by Editor Julie Currie for your viewing pleasure.