The Waipu Highland Games were back on the 1st of January 2023, after a two year break for the pandemic.
Clan Donald Auckland attended with their pavilion. This year the clans pitched their displays either side of a single “Avenue of Clans.’ This is a more friendly way of gathering us together. We were in for an early start – the march into the park was prompt at 9 am.
Colour Party Tom McDonald, Geoff Parry, Jim Murdoch, obscured, after the march into the grounds.
The midday parade of clans with James Donald, Jim Murdoch, Tom McDonald and Geoff Parry representing Clan Donald.
The day was fine with just some cloud, so sun cream was in order. Three new members were signed up. The South Island Commissioner Elwyn Martin with Christine were surprise visitors.
New members Shona and friend with Tom McDonald.
Elwyn Martin and Christine with President Jim Murdoch.
Clan Member Mark Cochrane presented Clan Donald with a copy of his new book “Boudicca – her place in history and the fortunes of her tribe” Mark had researched the material for this thick tome over a period of 10 years. The book endeavours to reveal what actually happened when in 60AD, Boudicca was elected to lead the united British tribes in their war against Roman rule. It also seeks to follow the fate of her tribal people – the Iceni.
Mark Cochrane presents his new book to Tom McDonald, Secretary of Clan Donald Auckland.