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The sights and sounds of a successful Colchester Highland Gathering (((Includes Video)))


Published on September 11, 2017

Members of the Old Scotia Heavyweights pull during tug o' war.

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BIBLE HILL, NS - The first Colchester Highland Games & Gathering brought lots of activity to Bible Hill on Saturday.

About 1,000 people showed up to enjoy the sights and sounds and plans for next year are already in the works.

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Members of the 84th Regiment of Foot 2nd Battalion Regimental Association provided a living history display at the Colchester Highland Games & Gathering.

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“It was amazing, it went so smoothly,” said Linda Finnie, event organizer. “The volunteers did an amazing job.

“There have been lots of positive comments. I think the variety of stuff was what made it really enjoyable for people.”

Scottish tribal band ‘Clann An Drumma’ were the headline performers and they were extremely popular with the crowd.

“We’ve already booked them for next year,” said Finnie. “They loved it here and think it’s an amazing country. As they were flying in on Thursday they saw torrential rain and when they got out they couldn’t believe how warm it was. It was raining, but cold, when they left Scotland.”

It was the band’s first trip to Canada but Finnie had the chance to see them while she was still living in Scotland.

“The last time I heard them live was about 15 years ago and playing live they’re so amazing,” she said. “They made me proud to be Scottish.”

One group of people came to Nova Scotia especially to hear Clann An Drumma live.

Pipe bands, higland dancing, heavyweight competition, historical reenactments, a tactical assault display and tug 'o war, clan tents, food, crafts, clan tents and more were also a part of the celebration. A ceilidh dance in the evening was also very successful.

Finnie said she’d like to have more children take part in games next year.

Plans are for the event to be held the second weekend of September in 2018, as the Jennifer Drive ball fields again if possible.

The Colchester Tartan was unveiled Friday evening and it was announced that the County of Colchester had purchased the first kilt made of the tartan. Scarves made of Colchester Tartan can be purchased from The Scots Society at https://www.colchesterhighlandgames.com/tartan/

Ready for a tug 'o war

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Clann An Drumma

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Clann An Drumma

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Members of the 84th Regiment of Foot 2nd Battalion Regimental Association take the flags in at the end of the day.

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Clann An Drumma

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It looks like Linda Finnie gave her husband James a fatal blow during battle reenactments.

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Clann An Drumma

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Matt Doherty, first place finisher in heavyweight competition at the Colchester Highland Games & Gathering, is the first person to lift the trophy in victory.

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