All set for a Highland fling

Scottish celebration: Friends of the Southland Museum & Art Gallery treasurer (left) Sandy Cooper and committee member Jim Watson, along with St Andrews Scottish Society secretary/treasurer Kathy Richardson and chief Murray Richardson show some of the whisky which has been donated for St Andrew's Day celebration on Sunday. PHOTO: JANETTE GELLATLY

ALL things Scottish will be celebrated as part of Southland’s heritage, including a haggis ceremony, traditional Scottish music, dancing and various entertainment, at the St Andrew’s Day celebration on Sunday.

Friends of the Southland Museum & Art Gallery committee member Jim Watson said although St Andrew’s Day was officially November 30, the celebrations would be held on the closest Sunday — December 1.

‘‘As well as a chance for the Friends of the Museum and St Andrew’s Scottish Society to join together, it will also be a celebration of Southland’s Scottish heritage, and a chance for people to enjoy being a part of it.’’

More than 100 people joined in the celebrations last year, with Mr Watson expecting a ‘‘greater attendance’’ on Sunday.

As well as the opportunity to sample food, three varieties of Hokonui whisky had also been donated by Eastern Southland Gallery curator Jim Geddes, of Gore, for participants to sample.

Celebrations will begin at 1pm and were expected to finish about pm. Everyone was welcome to join in.

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