THE mass band display overshadowed the sound of rolling thunder as the 112th Maclean Highland Gathering came to a close on Saturday afternoon.

"For once, we beat the weather," Lower Clarence Scottish Association chief Peter Smith said.

"We're very pleased to have the weather we've got here today. It's been perfect."

The conditions proved ideal for those taking part in the sport, dance and piping competitions at the Maclean Showground and also for the thousands of visitors from across Australia who turned out to watch.

"Maclean is known all around Australia as the Scottish Town of Australia so it's fantastic to be able to host so many people who come and enjoy our festival, and we hope they have a great time here in Maclean," Mr Smith said.

The event provided plenty of smiles for young and old, as spectators took in the sights of the highland dancing, pipe and drum competitions, as well as the feats of strength on display in the highland games.

Hundreds of spectators lined the streets of Maclean in the morning to watch the pipe bands parade along River St.

Sixteen pipe bands from around the nation took part in the march with the sounds of drums and bagpipes echoing through the town.



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