Clan Donald Canterbury 30th Anniversary Dinner

To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Clan Donald Canterbury, we held a successful Anniversary Dinner at the Hornby Club on Saturday 22 May.

The 50 guests assembled at 5.30 pm and before dinner at 6.00 pm were entertained by local Scottish singer, Willie McArthur.


Willie McArthur entertained guests prior to the dinner.


Maggie Donald addressing the dinner guests.


At 6.00 pm Ann Smith, President welcomed guests which included North Island Commissioner Tom McDonald and his wife Lynnette, Barrie and Annette Paterson (Clan Donald Auckland) along with several representatives from other clans. An apology was received from our High Commissioner, Andrew Wilkie who was unable to attend due to ill health.


Lynnette and Tom McDonald (Clan Donald Auckland)


Barrie and Annette Paterson (Clan Donald Auckland).


Mary Clark (Clan MacLeod).


Maggie Donald, Secretary/Treasurer spoke about the formation of Clan Donald Canterbury, with reference to the work and dedication of our first two presidents, Ian Donald and Colin MacDonald. This was followed by two songs from Willie McArthur, “Donald Where’s Your Troosers” and “Glencoe”.

The Haggis party was led by piper Ann Smith followed by the bard Gordon McIvor, haggis bearer Elwyn Martin and whisky bearer Alan MacDonald.


Daniel and John Verd.


Before dinner, Willie McArthur led the guests in singing Flower of Scotland and Elwyn Martin gave the Selkirk Grace.

Between dinner courses, Maggie Donald provided an entertaining recollection of various past and present members and the many activities and social events the Clan has held over the years. A photo show of many of these events played on the 3 large screens in the room during the evening. Clear to see was the fun and friendship Clan Canterbury members enjoy.


Marlene McLennan and Dave Glover.


The evening finished with the cutting of the anniversary cake by two of our foundation members, Ann Smith and Maggie Donald. The cake had been baked and decorated by Christine Martin.


Ann Smith and Maggie Donald cut the cake.


Shirley and Rhonda Aitken.


Carolyn Alsop and Margaret Birse.