The Lower Clarence Scottish Association will celebrate the town’s Scottish heritage on Easter weekend, April 18–19.
The Lower Clarence Scottish Association will celebrate the town’s Scottish heritage on Easter weekend, April 18–19. Debrah Novak

Fun time in the pipes

PREPARATIONS for the 110th Maclean Highland Gathering are well under way.

The Lower Clarence Scottish Association will celebrate the town's Scottish heritage on Easter weekend, April 18-19.

There are 17 bands participating and the business community will add to the festivities with a range of entertainment focused on expanding the gathering into a real Celtic festival.

The Lower Clarence Scottish Association is sponsoring a guest piper, Gordon McCready from the Glasgow Strathclyde Police Pipe Band.

In the pub scene, Gordon will also perform at the Maclean RSL on Saturday, the Irish will jam as usual on the Saturday evening, and the Tallow Wood Celtic Band will also entertain.

Cash prizes are on offer at some venues for street performances and the whole event is taking shape to become a benchmark for future years.

Ian McLennan is the honoured guest performing the official opening of the gathering. Ian was born "not that long ago" in Maclean and grew up on a cane farm on Woodford Island.

He was taught pipes by his cousins Alan and Don McLennan and went on to compete in Sydney in some of the most accomplished bands in Australia, including St Mary's Band Club and City of Blacktown.

Ian returned to Maclean in 1994 and joined the Maclean Pipe Band, winning the Queensland championships. He is now president of the Maclean Band.



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