Clans turn out for high­land games

Central Leader - - News -

It’s time to bring out the tar­tan for the Auck­land High­land Games.

Twenty-five Scot­tish clans will be rep­re­sented at the games to­mor­row and will en­joy mu­sic, danc­ing, com­pe­ti­tions and tra­di­tional food.

This will be the 33rd year the games have been held and com­mit­tee pres­i­dent Char­lie MacLeod says it’s a chance for all Scots and those with an as­so­ci­a­tion with Scot­land to meet and cel­e­brate.

This year’s event will fea­ture pipe bands, high­land dancers and Scot­tish coun­try dancers and games like toss- ing the caber, a large log weigh­ing about 45kg.

The na­tional dish hag­gis will be pre­sented with the tra­di­tional Ode to Hag­gis and there will be a com­pe­ti­tion to hurl the pud­ding the far­thest.

There will also be op­por­tu­ni­ties for par­tic­i­pants to prove their strength such as the farmer’s walk, where com­peti­tors race to carry two 100kg weights around a 50-me­tre course.

Deputy mayor David Hay will open the games at Three Kings Re­serve in Mt Roskill.

The games run from 11am to 5pm.

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