Harpenden’s Scot Talent as Highland Gathering hooks in huge crowds

PUBLISHED: 12:40 11 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:44 11 July 2018

Harpenden Highland Gathering. Picture: Harpenden Photographic Society/Brian Cooke.

Harpenden Highland Gathering. Picture: Harpenden Photographic Society/Brian Cooke.

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Around 6,000 people attended the Highland Gathering in Harpenden last weekend to dance, listen to traditional Scottish bands and throw haggis.

Harpenden Highland Gathering. Picture: Harpenden Photographic Society/Brian Cooke.Harpenden Highland Gathering. Picture: Harpenden Photographic Society/Brian Cooke.

The gathering was held in Rothamsted Park between 10am and 5pm and was organised by Harpenden Lions Club.

Club president David Shall said: “It went very well. It was extraordinarily hot and I did feel sorry for the guys in larger kilts and full regalia.”

But, he added: “We have had emails from the bands saying how wonderful the event was.”

All proceeds will go to Rennie Grove Hospice Care and the British Deaf Society for Children

Harpenden Highland Gathering. Picture: Harpenden Photographic Society/Brian Cooke.Harpenden Highland Gathering. Picture: Harpenden Photographic Society/Brian Cooke.

Last year, Harpenden Lions gave £14,000 to charity and Mr Shall is hoping to raise a similar amount this year.

Aside from the seven bands from as far as Truro marching across Rothamsted Park, there was caber tossing, or haggis throwing for the public, falconry, and dancing.

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