Thousands turn out for the annual Harpenden Highland Gathering in Rothamsted Park

St Albans & Harpenden Review: Thousands turn out for the annual Harpenden Highland Gathering Thousands turn out for the annual Harpenden Highland Gathering

Scottish dancing, pipe and drum bands and a falconry display entertained thousands of visitors at the Highland Gathering in Harpenden on Sunday.

The Rothamsted Park event, which ran from 10am to 5pm, attracted about 8,000 visitors, raising at least £13,000 for charitable causes.

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The annual show was organised by the Harpenden Lions Club, and is considered by organisers to be one of the largest gatherings outside Scotland.

Harpenden Lions Club president, Andrew Godden, said: "I'd like to thank the pipe bands, dancers, competitors and performers for entertaining us so well during the day."

Mr Godden said he was grateful to everyone who helped in the organisation and running of the gathering, including the stallholders, exhibitors and volunteers.

He added: "The wonderful weather also helped to create a great fun day out for local people. We expect to have achieved an excellent financial result too for our chosen charities."

The Harpenden Town Mayor, Rosemary Farmer, was appointed Gathering Chieftain for the day, making the opening and closing speeches.

Entertainment provided on the day included five pipe and drum bands, highland dancing, a piping competition and traditional highland games heavy events.

There were dozens of stalls, including representatives from charities, organisations and businesses.

As well as a funfair provided for the children, there were go-karts, a climbing wall and a classic car display.

The Highland Games heavy events featured tossing the caber, weight over the bar and putting the stone.

Arena events during the day included falconry display, the dog and duck show, and performances from the Unique Entertainment fire artistes.

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The beneficiaries of the event changes each year, with this year’s charities including Parkinson’s UK, Home-Start St Albans and Harpenden Lions Club causes, including the ‘Life Skills’ programme in local schools.

Last year’s gathering attracted 7,000 people, raising about £10,000 for charity.

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