Highland Gathering's a breeze for strongmen

A NEW addition to this year’s Highland Gathering has quickly become a firm favourite with the crowds.

Held at The Scots School on Sunday, the annual event featured pipe and drum band competitions, highland dancing, equestrian events and stalls.

New this year was the team from Highland Muscle who demonstrated a number of traditional Scottish strongman events, such as stone lifting and throwing, and the caber toss where 15-foot long (4.57 metre) wooden poles weighing up to 50 kilograms are thrown.

Scots Parents and Friends Association president Lindsay Wilde was behind the Highland Gathering and said: “They’ve [Highland Muscle] come up to do a demonstration and I think it’ll get a lot of attention.”

“It’s something different for the Central West.”

The Scots School Pipes and Drums band competed on the day and were judged first in the juvenile category.

They’ve [Highland Muscle] come up to do a demonstration and I think it’ll get a lot of attention. - Scots Parents and Friends Association president Lindsay Wilde

Scots School headmaster David Gates said while the Highland Gathering does raise funds for projects at the school, it was more about creating a great community event.

At this stage he said the school had not decided what will be done with funds raised on the day.

“We’re in the process of in determining what’s needed and then we’ll talk to the P and F [Parents and Friends Association],” he said.

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