BANDS converged on Maclean for the annual Highland Gathering, which included a parade in the main streets.
BANDS converged on Maclean for the annual Highland Gathering, which included a parade in the main streets.

Maclean celebrates Scottish heritage

By LEIGH PRITCHARD

MACLEAN showed its true tartan colours during the Maclean Highland Gathering on Friday and Saturday.

Lower Clarence Scottish Association chief Peter Smith said the gathering was a success.

Alistair McInnes, of Grafton, won the gold medal piper championship a 10th time.

Mr McInnes' daughter, Caitlin, won the chanter learner Peter Mathieson Memorial Trophy.

Kristina Sanne broke her own record, winning the Jessie Massie Memorial Sword Dance Shield for the fifth time.

Dance organiser Norma Smith said Kristina was the most outstanding dancer, placing first in six sections.

"She said last year it would be the last time she would compete in the sword dance ? but she is back," Mrs Smith said.

Emily Bell, 11, of Ashby, was chosen by the Lower Clarence Scottish Association committee and adjudicators to receive the first Maclean Highland Gathering scholarship of $500.

Mrs Smith said Emily was chosen because of her 'potential to further her career'.

Emily said she would like to compete in the world championships in Scotland.

The Janet North dance student said she started dancing more than seven years ago.

"I don't like ballet, this is something different you don't hear about every day," Emily said.

Mr Smith said Maclean experienced Scottish weather with rain on Saturday during the final event.

"Scotland weather is more misty but we got a beautiful rainbow after," he said.



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