High­land Tat­too on soon

Manawatu Guardian - - NEWS -

Dy­lan Jones was only 22 months old when he held the hand of drum ma­jor Ja­son Han­cock as they led the grand fi­nale at the Manawatu¯ High­land Tat­too.

Now aged 10, Dy­lan is the poster boy for the 2018 High­land Tat­too which will be held Septem­ber 30 at the Man­feild Sta­dium.

The Ka¯ piti boy will be danc­ing at this year’s tat­too with sis­ter Daisy.

The tat­too is or­gan­ised by Ja­son’s wife Sheran Han­cock, a Feild­ing iden­tity who has cheery con­fi­dence that an event draw­ing upon el­e­ments of a cen­turies-old mil­i­tary tra­di­tion would be pop­u­lar lo­cally.

Her af­fec­tion for the sounds of Scotland is shared by many, in­clud­ing the fam­ily and friends whose par­tic­i­pa­tion in that in­au­gu­ral event led to Dy­lan’s de­but, who had been brought along by his grand­mother, Ann Mid­dle­ton and her sis­ter and brother-in­law, Mar­ion and Roy Hitch­cock.

All were at that time per­form­ing and are to­day still in­volved in Dy­lan’s life, with Roy his pip­ing coach and Mar­ion his dance teacher.

There will be plenty more fa­mil­iar faces at the cel­e­bra­tion of Celtic tra­di­tion in­volv­ing more than 300 re­gional and na­tional per­form­ers and crew with a dis­play space con­fig­ur­ing so that the au­di­ence sits on three sides of a quad­ran­gle, with the fourth side be­ing the tra­di­tional com­po­nent of a Scot­tish cas­tle.

Head­lin­ing the two-hour en­ter­tain­ment is Suzanne Pren­tice, who has be­come a huge sup­porter and friend of the show since the in­au­gu­ral 2010 event. Re-join­ing her this year is an­other coun­try mu­sic leg­end, Craig Adams.

There will be pipe bands, high­land dancers, singers, kapa haka groups, a choir and stage band, a march­ing team, mil­i­tary vin­tage ve­hi­cles, and per­form­ing horse riders along with other an­i­mals and ve­hi­cles.

Man­feild Park Trust chief ex­ec­u­tive Julie Keane says the tat­too is a core ac­tiv­ity for the Celtic Spirit Group and pro­vides a rare op­por­tu­nity to en­joy re­gional and na­tional en­ter­tain­ers of the high­est cal­i­bre.

“This will be the fifth tat­too at our venue. It’s a spec­tac­u­lar show­case of tal­ent that lends it­self very nat­u­rally to our venue whose ap­peal is also broad­ened by be­ing held at a fam­i­lyfriendly time.

“It is in­trin­si­cally a com­mu­nity event — it brings to­gether per­form­ers of a di­ver­sity of ex­cep­tional tal­ent from within our lo­cal area, and Sheran has a knack for bring­ing out the best of what we have to of­fer.”

Dy­lan Jones (left) and Ja­son Han­cock with the 2018 High­land Tat­too poster.

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