Harpenden’s Highland fling in the sunshine - with galleries

Highland Gathering 2013

Highland Gathering 2013 - Credit: Archant

UNBROKEN sunshine brought out thousands of people to the annual Highland Gathering in Rothamsted Park, Harpenden, on Sunday.

While the wall-to-wall sun gave away the fact that the Gathering was not being held in Scotland, the numerous Caledonian-themed events kept up the illusion.

As well as Scottish pipes and drums, dancing and heavy events including putting the stone, tossing the caber and hammer throwing, there were falconry displays, dog and duck shows and an appearance from Fire Artistes.

Harpenden Town Mayor, Cllr Rosemary Farmer, was appointed Gathering Chieftain on the day and made the opening and closing speeches.

The Highland Gathering is Harpenden Lions Club’s largest annual fundraising event and raises thousands of pounds for charities and good causes. The Herts Advertiser has supported the event as media partner for the past few years.

The modern games have been running since 1996 and as well as the Scottish events and those in the arena, there is always plenty for children and a wide selection of stalls.

The Lions believe that they have raised at least £13,000 which will be split between Parkinson’s UK, Home-Start St Albans and Harpenden Lions’ charities.

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Andrew Godden, president of Harpenden Lions Club, said: “I’d like to thank the pipe bands, dancers, competitors and performers for entertaining us so well during the day, as well as our sponsors and advertisers, stallholders and exhibitors, volunteers and everyone else who has helped with the organisation and running of the Highland Gathering.

“The wonderful weather also helped to create a great fun day out for local people. We expect to have achieved an excellent financial result too for our chosen charities.”