Tar­tan takes cen­tre stage

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July 1 is In­ter­na­tional Tar­tan Day – cel­e­brat­ing the day in 1782 when the English ban on wear­ing tar­tan was lifted.

Waipu in­vites ev­ery­one to join in the fun from the Art­ntar­tan Wear­able Arts, to pets in tar­tan and mid-win­ter swims from July 1-16.

Rugby will be played in kilts and busi­nesses are get­ting into the theme too.

You can taste hag­gis at the Waipu Butcher, join a whisky tast­ing in the old jail, try a hag­gis burger at the Waipu Pizza Barn, have a ful­lon Scot­tish brunch at the Clans­man Mo­tel, or buy a tar­tan scarf at the This­tle.

Bag­pipes, high­land dancing, the Waipu High­land Band and the Waipu Scot­tish Coun­try Dancing Club’s Ceildh add to the oc­ca­sion.

Waipu is a small town of about 500 but nearly dou­ble that num­ber of Gaelic speak­ing high­landers built a com­mu­nity there af­ter be­ing burned out of their crofts in Scot­land. The story is told in the Waipu Mu­seum.

Visit www.waipu-tar­tan. co.nz for a timetable or www.waipu mu­seum.com for in­for­ma­tion.

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