BIG MEN MEET: Ray Parry of Lismore, left, puts up a challenge to William Iblotson of Sawtell in the log wrestling section.
BIG MEN MEET: Ray Parry of Lismore, left, puts up a challenge to William Iblotson of Sawtell in the log wrestling section.

Scottish blood strong

By ZOE SINCLAIR

The 101st Maclean Highland Gathering over the Easter weekend showed the Scottish blood is still flowing strong.

Chief of the Lower Clarence Scottish Association, Peter Smith said this year's event was nearly as popular in crowd numbers as last year and all the traditions were upheld.

"Everything went off well, beginning with the solo piping and drumming and then Friday night we had the caileh in the street ? most successful.

"We had our visiting band from Perth ? the Perth Highlanders ? the newly- elected mayor Ian Tiley welcomed the bands and visitors to the area and then we all got into a panic because of the storm," said Mr Smith.

"On Saturday, the day commenced with the street parade, with 30 bands on parade.

"The highland games all went well. Christina Sanne has won the Jessie Massie Memorial trophy four times, breaking the record. She's a local teacher from Grafton, teaching dancing."

Maclean girl Jessica McLachlan did her 'Scottish town in Australia' proud, winning the highland dancing 13 to 15 year old section and the Ceann Truibhaes Memorial trophy.

Alistair McGuinnes took out the solo piping and Blacktown, despite some unlucky weather, won the Grade 1 band contest.



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