Tomaree Sports Complex hosts medieval fighting

CROWDS flocked to Nelson Bay on Saturday for the popular Clans on the Coast Celtic Festival.

The ninth annual event featured Celtic dancing and music, strongman events, an eight-person tug of war competition and children’s activities.

Market stalls sold all manner of Celtic and Scottish items from cuddly tartan-clad bears to ancestral information.

“We had an excellent turnout,” Ron Swan, president of the Port Stephens Celtic Association, said.

“We had a lot of compliments on the event.”

The medieval fighting was again a drawcard.

But the Celidih dinner, including haggis ceremony, was Mr Swan’s highlight.

“We had a lot of people up dancing from age four to 89,” he said.

The Kirkin of the tartan blessing was performed at the marina on Sunday morning.

A charity bowls event was also held on Sunday at Nelson Bay Bowling Club.

Organisers will meet in the next fortnight for a post-event debrief.

Previous events have raised money for items such as wheel chairs and seat pads.

More information can be found on the Port Stephens Celtic Association website.

Next year’s event will include a traditional Scottish wedding.

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