Harpenden Highland Gathering celebrates successful 24th year

PUBLISHED: 11:27 16 July 2019 | UPDATED: 17:06 16 July 2019

Harpenden people donned their kilts for the 24th annual Highland Gathering on Rothamsted Park. Picture: John Roughan - Harpenden Photographic Society

Harpenden people donned their kilts for the 24th annual Highland Gathering on Rothamsted Park. Picture: John Roughan - Harpenden Photographic Society

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Harpenden donned its tartan and warmed up its bagpipes for the 24th annual Highland Gathering.

Thousands of people descended on Rothamsted Park for the popular Scottish celebration, which took place on July 14 in aid of Keech Hospice Care and Harpenden Lions' Life Skills programme.

There was highland dancing, marching bands, live music, caber tossing, haggis hurling, archery, a fun run, climbing wall, go karting, stalls, a dog and duck display, tug of war, and a 75ft medieval castle complete with banners, pyrotechnics and mystic smoke.

Actors in period costumes from the Spectacular Knights of the Crusades recreated A Tale of Richard the Lionheart and The Legend of King Arthur in two 40-minute plays.

It was all organised by Harpenden Lions Club. Vice-president Nick Eckford said: "It was a great day, it wasn't too hot and there was a lot of people there, it all went very well."

Visitors enjoyed marching bands at the Scottish event in Harpenden - the Highland Gathering. Picture: David JamesVisitors enjoyed marching bands at the Scottish event in Harpenden - the Highland Gathering. Picture: David James

Nick said there were more programme sales than usual, but exact attendance and fundraising figures have yet to be calculated.

Regional fundraiser in Hertfordshire for Keech Hospice Care, Steven Albon, said: "The Harpenden Highland Gathering was truly amazing and so well organised.

"The event had a true Scottish family feel to it, with varieties of activities which appealed to everyone.

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"As a charity beneficiary we're extremely honoured and proud to be chosen."

Spectacular Knights of the Crusades recreated A Tale of Richard the Lionheart and The Legend of King Arthur. Picture: David JamesSpectacular Knights of the Crusades recreated A Tale of Richard the Lionheart and The Legend of King Arthur. Picture: David James

Thousands of people attended the Harpenden Highland Gathering. Picture: David Cowan.Thousands of people attended the Harpenden Highland Gathering. Picture: David Cowan.

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