Clans come together for Celtic celebrations in Raymond Terrace

Irish dancers at Clans On The Coast. Photo: Henk Tobbe.

CLANS On The Coast, Port Stephens’ iconic celebration of Celtic culture, was held over the weekend at its new venue in Raymond Terrace.

Tartan was swirling, bagpipes were blaring and the strong men threw the hammer and tossed the caber.

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Clans On The Coast is designed to nurture the ongoing preservation of the Celtic culture through involvement, exposure and education opportunities which promote the Port Stephens area.

The event also creates opportunities for charitable organisations to raise much needed funds.

There was plenty for visitors to see and explore at the event as clans from across the world gathered in Port Stephens.

Incorporated into the event, which featured pipe and drum bands and highland dancing. was the The East Coast Heavy Events Championships.

There was plenty of fun with the caber toss, Celtic dancers, Highland dancers, Irish dancers, the Rusty Harper Irish folk band and the ever popular Tug-Of-War.

Finishing off the day was a Ceilidh, a Scottish dinner dance, which featured the piping in of the haggis and some Scottish country dancing at Raymond Terrace Bowling Club.

Ron Swan, founder of the event, told News Of The Area, “It was probably the best ever.

“We took it to the Terrace as it is more central.

“(Feedback was) 100 percent positive and everyone was saying they are coming back again next year.

“Proceeds from the event will go to charities.”

Port Stephens Deputy Mayor Leah Anderson said, “I am so pleased that Clans On The Coast is back for everyone to enjoy.

“The Rotary Club of Raymond Terrace stepped up this year to bring the Clans event back to Port Stephens, and what an amazing job they did.

“I felt very proud to be standing alongside Ron Swan, and our State Member for Port Stephens Minister Kate Washington, and my fellow councillors Giacomo Arnott and Jason Wells at the official opening of the Clans On the Coast 2023, and with the look of the amount of participants, stall holders, and the crowd in attendance, I have no doubt Clans will be back again each year going forward for all to enjoy!” she said.

The event will be back again in 2023 at Raymond Terrace.


One thought on “Clans come together for Celtic celebrations in Raymond Terrace

  1. Nice to see a mention of The Highland Rose, Jacobite Living History Group… I thought the the Living History reenactment displays a pretty big part of the day…

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