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Giving it welly: Street trial riders' Bella stunt show

Belladrum festival is the venue that has brought Danny MacAskill and Duncan Shaw closest to home

Street trials riders Danny MacAskill and Duncan Shaw have taken their new Drop and Roll bike show to its first UK festival - Belladrum Tartan Heart near Beauly in the Highlands.

Duncan and Danny have already performed the show with riders Ali Clarkson and Austrian Fabio Wibmer in Switzerland and Glasgow 2014's BBC at the Quay. But the pair say Belladrum has stood out as a special occasion.

The BBC's Steven McKenzie met the pair after their first performance.

Danny is signing his name on a girl's red Wellington boot.

It is about 30 minutes since the end of a performance of Drop and Roll at Bella and the extreme cyclist, along with Duncan and Ali C, is still signing autographs and posing for selfies with members of the audience.

Baseball caps, bits of scrap paper and ribbons on lanyards are held out by young and old alike to be autographed.

Someone appears with what looks, from a distance anyway, to be a pair of stripy underwear. Danny seems to hesitate. Maybe he is thinking that offerings of smalls by appreciative fans are usually the preserve of another of Belladrums acts, singer Sir Tom Jones.

For Danny and Duncan, bringing their Drop and Roll to the Highlands is a kind of homecoming.

Duncan grew up just a few miles away in Inverness and Danny hails from Dunvegan in Skye.

"It feels so good to be here. It feels like you know everyone," says Danny, now sitting alongside Duncan inside the show's black tour van.

Their first show was about three months ago in Switzerland, and they also did some filming on the continent before returning to their native Scotland.

"Both Duncan and myself have been doing stunts for a few years now," says Danny. "Last year, we decided we wanted to do our own show and we started Drop and Roll."

After Belladrum's final day on Saturday there will be little time for rest.

'Adult themes'

Duncan says: "We'll probably stay in Inverness before heading back to Glasgow and then heading on down to London for a show at Royal Ascot."

Leaving the van, the duo prepare for their third performance of the day.

Words drift from an announcement inside the nearby Strathpeffer Pavilion tent.

Making reference to an earlier Belladrum headliner, the compere says: "The next comedy act is not the Singing Kettle. It involves adult themes and language, so maybe best to take the little ones out."

But most of the "little ones" have left already and are gathered around the Drop and Roll arena waiting to see Duncan, Danny and Ali C.

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