MACLEAN THE BRAVE - Highland Gathering upholds a century of tradition
THE township of Maclean put on its finery at the weekend for what has proved to be an immensely successful 101st Highland Gathering.
The kilts, the multitude of tartans, the bagpipes, the drums -they were all there.
The colour, the rich tradition, the distinctive sounds of the Scottish culture were played out in a wholehearted fashion against the backdrop of a typical small NSW country town.
But what a town!
What a heart!
What strength of purpose and tradition in an era in which so much of the past is disappearing.
Truly Maclean the Brave.
The chief of the Lower Clarence Scottish Association, Peter Smith, must have swelled with pride as he delivered his summation of the Gathering.
"The Scottish culture was certainly on display and all the traditions were upheld," he said.
"It's the only festival its type in Australia, and it is something to be proud of.
"The blood is still flowing strong.
"Last year was very good but this year was even better.
"The spirit of the whole event is probably exemplified by a storm that hit on Saturday but the bands played on despite drenching rain and some hail."
"And our own Christina Sanne now has won the Jessie Massie Memorial trophy four times, breaking the record. She's a dancing teacher from Grafton."