When all the Scots come out to play

Eden Gilchrist (left) and Sarah Jamison share a secret as they wait to dance at the 150th...
Eden Gilchrist (left) and Sarah Jamison share a secret as they wait to dance at the 150th Anniversary Highland Games held at the Caledonian Ground yesterday. Photos by Gerard O'Brien.
Dunedin's Caledonian Society celebrated 150 years of keeping the city's Scottish heritage alive at the Highland Games yesterday.

About 400 people enjoyed the day's events at the Caledonian Ground, which included tossing the sheaf, the deadweight carry and the naming of the Queen o' the Heather.

Slideshow: 150th Anniversary Highland Games

Yesterday's games included many of the events at Dunedin's first Highland Games, which the society held in 1863. The society was formed in 1862.

Society secretary John Stinson said the games celebrated Dunedin's Scottish history and were a great day out for the family.

They were also a nice way to celebrate the "great history" of the society, which was the oldest Scottish society in New Zealand, Mr Stinson said.

Karen Gilchrist, of Oamaru, who came to watch daughter Eden Gilchrist compete in the Highland dance, said the day was a great chance to celebrate her family's Scottish history, with Eden's grandfather born in Scotland.

Eden "loved" the day and having a chance to talk to her friends and fellow competitors, Mrs Gilchrist said.

Other events held on the day included gumboot throwing, caber tossing, sack racing, the kilties dash and marching.

Dunedin music teacher Lisa Sutherland was awarded the Queen o' the Heather title.


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