Hoping for kilt-wearing weather for the games

Good kilt-wearing weather is needed in Waimate this weekend to boost the number of people willing to ''toss the caber'' at the annual Waimate Caledonian Games.

The games return to the town for the 137th year tomorrow, but because the number of people taking part would only be known on the day, games secretary treasurer Winnie Todd said the event was reliant on good weather.

However, Mrs Todd said 100 entries had already been received for the Highland dancing events.

She said she expected Waimate residents to get into the spirit of the games as a way of recognising the town's Scottish links.

''There will be lots of kilts around.

''A lot of Scottish people came out and settled out here way back in those years, and it's still got its pipe band ... and Highland dancing is very strong.''

There would be cycling and speed skating events, and traditional Highland sports would be well catered for.

''We've got caber tossing and heavy-ball throwing. We used to have a hammer throw as well, but we had to delete that because of the safety factor.''

The games start at 10am tomorrow at Victoria Park.