Scottish heritage celebrated
RESIDENTS of the Southern Downs region have the opportunity to celebrate our Scottish heritage as pipers and drummers from near and far come to participate in the Scots PGC Highland Gathering.
Following a most successful gathering last year, this year’s gathering also doubles as the 2010 Queensland Pipe Band Championships.
The weekend of festivities starts at noon on Saturday, July 17 with solo contests for pipers and drummers in all grades.
Then, on Sunday from 10am, 13 pipe bands will contest the pipe band championships in four grades.
The Scots PGC College Pipes and Drums will compete in the Grade 4 bands competition and are very keen to defend the trophy they won last year.
The highlight of the day will be the massed bands, scheduled to play from about 2.45pm, followed by the presentation of prizes.
A new feature of this year’s Highland Gathering is the associated Scottish-themed trivia night, to be held in the College Assembly Hall from 6.30 on Saturday evening.
Many of the competitors are expected to attend, but local trivia enthusiasts are also encouraged to test themselves in a slightly more specialised event.