It was another beautiful Summer’s day for the Paeroa Highland Games on Saturday the 8th of February 2020.
As it was such a glorious day the crowds turned up early for the usual programme of piping, Highland Dancing and the many field events which included events for children.
High Commissioner Alan MacDonald and the North Island Commissioner Tom McDonald with Beryl and Fiona being overshadowed by the two girls on stilts.
During the afternoon there was the pipe band contest, and the Domain was ideal as spectators could sit in the shade of the many trees while listening to the bands.
There were 19 clans present in the Avenue of Clans, and Clan Donald had many of the committee and members present including the President Barrie Paterson and his wife Annette. The Patron Murdock McDonald also had his daughters Fiona and Beryl on site plus Jim and Ella Donald, Jim Murdoch and Ann Marshall. The Clan Donald High Commissioner Alan MacDonald as well as the North Island Commissioner Tom McDonald and his wife Lynnette.
At 10.30 am, the Clan’s March, instead of marching to the town centre and back, took a short route, led by the Thames Valley Pipe Band through the castle gate to assemble behind the official party in front of the grandstand. The Opening Ceremony started with everyone singing the unofficial Scottish anthem “The Flower of Scotland.”
The Clan Donald Colour Party behind the yellow banner.
During the hot afternoon the Clan Donald Pavilion had many members and friends visiting for refreshments.
Ella Donald, Barrie Paterson, Tom McDonald, Jim Donald and Jim Murdoch enjoying a great day.
Mary and Alan Bray. Long-time members of Clan Donald Auckland.
Clan Donald High Commissioner Alan MacDonald with Clan Gordon High Commissioner Glenyss O’Halloran
At the end of the pipe band contest the bands had the usual Street March through the town and into the Domain for the evening Tattoo.
There were 13 pipe bands in the Tattoo, which a very large crowd enjoyed, and many Clan Donald members gathered on the grassy knoll for the entertainment.
Clan Donald members on the grassy knoll during the Tattoo.
A great day was finished with everyone singing Auld Lang Syne.