Tartan Day sure to be a real hoot
By JURIS GRANEY
NOWHERE celebrates International Tartan Day like Maclean.
The Scottish Town of Australia is proud of its heritage and, given the opportunity, likes to show the world how July 1 should be celebrated.
For several years, International Tartan Day has brought joy and smiles to many Clarence Valley residents who don their family kilts and head out on the town en-masse to witness the annual spectacle.
If the annual Maclean Highland Gathering is Christmas then International Tartan Day is surely New Year's Eve.
And this year will be even more special with guest stars from Brisbane, Jock N' Kilts.
The band melds modern rock and all-time favourite tunes with the weapon of choice of all Scottish lasses and laddies ? the bagpipes.
The day will start at 7am at St Mary's Church Tower where well-known piper Matt McLeod will perform as the lone piper.
Anyone who normally goes for their morning walk around this time should make a bee-line for the church to listen to Matt.
Based this year soley in Cameron Park, things will heat up at 10am when all in attendance will be welcomed.
Scottish Town in Australia president Bob MacPherson said the day was sure to be a cracker.
"Everyone always has so much fun on International Tartan Day," Mr MacPherson said. "People should get out and see all of the things going on and join in with the festivities."