The Northcote Tavern. Their Highlander Bar was the venue for the Clan Donald Auckland Pre-Christmas Lunch.

Sunday the 13th of December was a brilliant sunny day. Around 40 members of Clan Donald Auckland met in the Highlander Bar of the Northcote Tavern, for the Pre-Christmas Lunch.

Members were met as they entered, to the sound of John Hawthorn playing a selection of Scottish tunes on his accordion. This set the scene for a wonderful afternoon.

John Hawthorn welcoming members with a selection of Scottish tunes.

The President Bruce McGechan circulated throughout the bar welcoming and chatting to the many members. All were busy studying the menu, which is well known for having a great selection of dishes especially their famous Sunday Roast.

The highlight of the afternoon was when the Immediate Past President Andrew Wilkie, brought his Signals Pipe Band to the Tavern to entertain the Clan Donald members. Everyone really enjoyed their playing, and no doubt it will be something to remember over the next few months. Ian Hill, the retired Clan Donald Piper is also a member of the band.

The Signals Pipe Band playing a selection of tunes. Andrew Wilkie is third from the left.

Clan Donald members crowded outside to listen to the Signals Pipe Band. From the left Albert Kinnell, Tom Shiels, Murdock McDonald, Elaine Clark, Jeanette McFarland, Alan Bray and his wife Mary.

Following the wonderful surprise of the Signals Band, the Clan Donald members spent the rest of the afternoon chatting over a few drinks.

Barbara Hawthorn, Jeanette McFarland, Dorothy Beall, Flora Brown and Carrol Elliot enjoying a few drinks and a chat.


Bertie and Pam Kinnell long standing Clan Donald Auckland members.

The Shiels and the Williamsons. 

Geoff Parry with his mother Margaret and Lynnette McDonald. 

Rose and James Macdonald, guests at the Presidents Table.

The President Bruce McGechan with his wife Halina at the Presidents Table.