One Wet Highland Fling.
Scottish lads and lasses from all over New Zealand felt very much at home on Saturday 25 September 2004 as they paraded in the rain for the Combined Clans Gathering in Te Aroha, New Zealand.
Bob Wallace, spokesman for Clan Wallace who organised the event described the days weather as typically Scottish. I havent seen so much rain since I left Scotland.
But, despite the rain, the day was a huge success, commencing with a Street March lead by three Pipe Bands through the main street of Te Aroha to the St Josephs Hall. The City of Manakau Pipe Band were resplendent in their new Blue Wallace tartan kilts.
It is estimated over 200 people representing 14 clans took part in the celebrations which included traditional dance and weapon demonstrations with Jacobite period weapons and performances by the three pipe bands. In addition in the evening there was a Ceilidh with the Celtic group Tamlin and supporting artists.
Six members of the Clan MacRae Society joined Sue Tregoweth to celebrate our Scottish heritage.