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'Hoots Mon!' here's an opportunity you don't want to miss. The Scottish Clans Congress of Queensland is throwing its annual gathering, 'Scotland in the Park' at Middle Road, Greenbank on Sunday, 19 July, 2015. The festivities begin at 9.00am and finish up at 4.00pm.

Entry to the gathering is by gold coin donation.

Join in with all the fun and be thrilled by the flings and reels of the Highland dancers as they display their technique, stamina and strength. Recognised as a sport in Scotland, Highland dancing involves a combination of intricate steps and upper body, arm and hand movements. You will marvel at the dexterity of the dancers.



Of course you are going to be heartily entertained by the stirring sounds of the Pipe Bands. You will get to witness the competition between various Pipe Bands and, then, as the day draws to an end you will feel the call of the thistle with the presentation of the Massed Pipes and Drums at 3.00pm.



Two of the real highlights for the day are the appearances of Kathleen Procter-Moore the incredible Celtic/Classical Crossover artist. With a voice acclaimed to be graceful, magical and beautiful Kathleen's stunning sound will astound you as she sings popular Scottish songs. Listen and celebrate the beauty of Kathleen's singing at 10.35am and again at 1.30pm.

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Be entranced by the beautiful voice of Kathleen Procter-Moore


Then for something a bit different, well, alright, it's a lot different, catch Celtic Psychosis at 11.05am. Celtic Psychosis is a visual group who thrive on audience interaction as they incorporate bagpipes, acoustic, lead and bass guitars, bongos, bodhran (the traditional Celtic frame drum), other percussion and a variety of other instruments. Their aim is to play great music and have a good time – which they do in spades.

As well as all the great entertainment, there are some of the most interesting stalls you will see at any festival this year. With over 20 to choose from there is something for everybody. You'll be able to acquire your latest tartan accessories and other gifts from the highlands and the lowlands of Scotland. Perhaps you'd prefer a good coffee well there'll be a selection to choose from as you wend your way through the other stalls selling yummy treats.



But, before the day is over, you must get to the haggis stand. A day celebrating Scotland in the Park is not complete without a serving of haggis washed down with an Irn Bru. Close your eyes as you savour the flavour and your mind will float up into the Scottish Highlands and you will be in awe – only haggis can create this phenomenon so make sure you get a piece.

At 12.55pm join in on the 'Address to the Haggis' where the haggis is piped in to start the proceedings and the poem, written by Robbie Burns, is recited before the cutting of the haggis with a ceremonial knife.

Another of the exciting displays you don't want to miss are the shows by the talented and beautiful Scottie Dog Mascots at 9.55am and 11.50am. They are sure to give you a thrill.

Also available on the day will be Radio 4EB and 101FM to keep the sounds lively.

This is going to be a real hoot so, 'Hoots Mon', you won't want to miss out. For more information on what'll be there and who else is coming check out the Clans' webpage here and then their Facebook page here. You can also contact Ern Thompson, president of the Scottish Clans Congress of Queensland by phone on 3200 9536 or email at ernestroy@hotmail.com

If you don't come you'll miss out on the haggis.
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Why? This will be the only place you'll be able to get a good haggis on Sunday.
When: From 9.00am until 4.00pm on Sunday, 19 July, 2015.
Phone: 3200 9536
Where: Greenbank Recreation Reserve, cnr. Middle Road and Old Greenbank Road, Greenbank
Cost: Entry id by gold coin donation.
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