Callum Essex, from the Maclean Pipe Band, at the 106th Maclean Highland Gathering massed band display at Maclean Showground.
Callum Essex, from the Maclean Pipe Band, at the 106th Maclean Highland Gathering massed band display at Maclean Showground. Debrah Novak

Highland fling at Maclean

DESPITE fooling the weather into giving them some perfect days for the 106th Maclean Highland Gathering, organisers will not be changing the dates again for the event normally held at Easter.

Gathering secretary Bob MacPherson said that while this year’s festival provided spectators with tremendous entertainment, numbers were well down.

“We didn’t get the afternoon storms that we seem to get at Easter,” he said.

“When we decided to change the dates because Queensland (pipe bands) were having their State titles, we knew numbers would be down. We won’t be doing that again.”

Mr MacPherson said he was still fielding inquiries from people expecting this year’s Gathering to be held at Easter.

He believes two of his personal highlights – the performance of the visiting New Zealand pipe band and a display of precision drumming – would also be remembered by all who saw them.



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