Maclean tartans upfor Scottish tellie
By TIM HOWARD
MACLEAN, the Scottish town in Australia, is about to become big news in Scotland.
A camera crew representing Scottish and Grampian TV in the UK, covering the Edinburgh Tattoo's Sydney performances, made a lightning trip to the Lower Clarence on Friday.
The crew of reporter Nichola Kane and cameraman Steve Kydd heard about Maclean's Scottish connection on the internet and decided on a quick trip to the North Coast to see what the fuss was about.
"This is going to be a big deal for Maclean in Scotland," Ms Kane said.
"The Scottish TV and Grampian TV networks are the most popular commercial television networks in Scotland."
Ms Kane said Maclean and its Scottish heritage was largely unknown in Scotland.
"I got a surprise when I heard this place exists," she said.
"After this report goes to air (on February 10 or 11) a lot of that will change.
"We heard about the tartan poles, and saw the Scottish shop selling all that sort of stuff."
During their stay in Maclean the crew filmed Maclean High School students singing the school song to the tune of Scotland the Brave, the Cairn and kangaroos on the Maclean Golf Course.
"The kangaroos on the golf course will be big in Scot- land, Scotland being the home of golf," she said.
The crew also videotaped Maclean Scottish identity Norman Gray mowing lawns while dressed in a kilt.
"A lot of young people take a year off between school and university and travel ? backpacking," Ms Kane said.
"You could be hearing a lot more Scottish accents in your shops in the next few years."
Ms Kane said the Scottish tourism body VisitScotland had commissioned a series of reports on Australian interest in Scottish culture.
"They're looking at encouraging more Australians with Scottish heritage to holiday in Scotland," she said.