On Sunday the 11th of December, despite it being a very wet day, 17 Clan Donald members attended the Clan Donald Auckland annual Pre-Christmas lunch at the Northcote Tavern.
A particularly interested attendee was Maria Kinnell, a high school student who is learning to play the bagpipes. She has promised to bring her bagpipes to the next function she attends.
The Signals Pipes and Drums always states that they enjoy the lunch, and as they did not have to do a parade on the day, they were able to have a meal as well. At least two partners attended with the band members.
There were several other big groups having a meal, and quite a few braved standing in the rain, to make a video recording of the band.
The chefs prepared a variety of different meal choices to suit all tastes, with the roast beef being very popular.
Maria Kinnell is learning to play the pipes and is likely to entertain at next year’s function.
The Signals Pipes and Drums played outside, sheltering from light rain under the veranda roof.
Alan and Mary Bray with a new member of their extended family, and the band played just beyond their window.
John Gemmell and son wearing their Clan Donald bonnets.
President of Clan Donald Auckland Jim Murdoch with Treasurer Geoff Parry and supporter Ann Marshall.