Around 20,000 people flocked to Minnawarra Park in Armadale last Sunday for a celebration of all things Scottish at the annual Armadale Highland Gathering and Perth Kilt Run.
Mayor Henry Zelones OAM, JP said the Perth Kilt Run featured a record number of registered runners for this year’s event, almost double last year’s numbers.
“We were very pleased to see so many come out for our event, whether they were Scots or other nationalities ready to find their inner Scotsman, a wonderful day was had by all,” Mayor Henry Zelones said.
The main stage kept all entertained with live bands and performers throughout the day, and a variety of food was on offer, including the traditional Scottish offerings.
“The mix of activities kept crowds captivated all day, including the heavy events with strong men and, for the first time, strong women competing. And all 10 of Western Australia’s Scottish clans and associations were represented on the day,” Mayor Zelones said.
Event mascot Archie was inundated with selfie requests from those attending, after the celebrity pooch shot to fame via social media in the lead up to this year’s event.
“It was great to see so many getting into the spirit of the day, dressed up in their Scottish kilt, complementing the Medieval costumes of the performers at the Medieval Village, who recreated historical Scottish battles for audiences to enjoy,” Mayor Zelones said.
Planning will soon start for the 2018 Armadale Highland Gathering and Perth Kilt Run, with all feedback welcome. A survey is now available on the website at www.perthkiltrun.com.au with prizes on offer.
“We are so pleased that so many community members attended this year’s event, and let family and friends know about it via our social media platforms. The event was a great success, and something the Armadale community should be proud of,” Mayor Zelones said.