February 2017

Bonnie Wingham Scottish Festival 2016 Report

By Elma McRae

The Bonnie Wingham Scottish Festival is held annually in Wingham with 2016 being the organisers 12th Bonnie Wingham Scottish Festival. The Clan MacRae was the Clan of Honour for 2016 with the main festival being held on 27th, 28th and 29th May.

wingham-2016-1.jpgThe whole event really began with a concert on Sunday 22nd May. This event was attended by Max and Janice Brown who travelled from Armidale to attend the concert.

[Photo 1, right] Alan McRae, President, Clan MacRae Society of Australia and New Zealand.

President Alan McRae was to be the Festival Chieftain for the Festival, but sadly fate dictated otherwise. Recovering from surgery for a melanoma which required 100 stiches, Alan was hopeful of being well enough to attend. He then had the misfortune to slip on the mud of a newly sewn lawn and broke his leg. He called on long-time member Andrew Macrae of Cooranbong, N.S.W., a regular at Gatherings, who proudly accepted the role and was accompanied by his wife Rhonda. Their son-in-law, Grant Turuwhenua, attired in the uniform of a private in the 42nd Highland Regiment, was the escort to the Chieftain of the Day.

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[Photo 2, left] Rhonda and Andrew Macrae

Throughout the week a wide range of activities took place, all attracting considerable interest. As Rhonda commented it was a bonnie week and the entire town became involved. Businesses competed for the Best Window Display, while Social Bowls and a Shortbread Baking Competition catered to the competitive.

The Genealogy Fair and Braveheart Poets’ breakfast was also popular.