Hear the Call of the Pipes at Nelson Bay’s ‘Clans on the Coast Festival’ on Saturday 15 September 2018 FEATURED Nelson Bay (Tomaree Peninsula areas) Port Stephens News by News Of The Area - Modern Media - September 11, 2018September 14, 2018 The Littlest Piper Youland Gibbs with the pipers and drummers at the 2017 Festival. Images supplied by Clans on the Coast. HEAR the call of the pipes and the beat of the drums at Clans on the Coast which will be held at Tomaree Sports Complex on Saturday 15 September with activities and entertainment kicking off from 8.30am. Modern Media: Advertise with News Of The Area and you get your ad in 1) in Print, 2) on the News Website (like this ad), and 3) on our Social Media news site. A much more efficient way to advertise. Reach a HUGE audience for a LOW price TODAY! Call us on 02 4983 2134. Or email@example.com Or CLICK FOR ADVERT QUOTE See the tartan swirl as the dancers’ leap in the air as the marching bands and dancing celebrate the Celtic heritage of a culture that is far more ancient than Hadrian’s Wall. Clans on the Coast celebrates Celts in the region for over 180 years. The opening of the parade will see a Mass Band and Clans march. The outdoor festival will be preceded by a traditional Ceilidh Dinner Dance where the haggis will be piped in. Ron Swan OAM told News Of The Area, “It’s a great family day out where you can enjoy the culture of the Celts who hail from Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Brittany, the Isle of Man, Cornwall and Galicia.” Once again the event will showcase Highlander strength contests with the tug of war, caber tossing and feats of strength where heavy weights are walked a distance are sure to amaze event attendees. Ron believes that Clans on the Coast helps to preserve the heritage of the clans, they immigrated to escape poverty, and famine. The Celts were represented amongst the convicts and soldiers of the early British Colonisation of Australia, they were also “ten pound poms”. How and when they arrived doesn’t matter. What does, is that they now form a large part of the Australian population. “It is important to celebrate and preserve Celtic and all Indigenous Cultures from around the world, it creates connections and develops an understanding of who we all are, while I am a true blue Australian, I identify with my Celtic heritage and I am proud of it,” he said. The event supports palliative care and cancer care within the Port Stephens community. BY Marian SAMPSON The stalls at Clans. Images supplied by Clans on the Coast. The Highland dancers. Images supplied by Clans on the Coast.