Clans turn out for highland games
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.