Over 18,000 people flocked to the heart of Armadale for the seventh Armadale Highland Gathering and the Perth Kilt Run on Sunday 6 October, celebrating all things Scottish at Minnawarra Park.
Runners donned a kilt for the annual Perth Kilt Run completing either a 2.5km Classic or 5km Warrior route through the Armadale City Centre.
City of Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones OAM, JP said the event has become the largest Scottish celebration in Western Australia, and attracts both Scottish and non-Scottish participants and festival-goers from around the State to our wonderful city.
“Whether people are attending to participate in the Perth Kilt Run or to enjoy a knees-up at the Armadale Highland Gathering afterwards, it continues to deliver a unique, family friendly day.”
The first person who crossed the finish line of the Perth Kilt Run in the 5km Warrior category was Benjamin Higgins, while the first person through for the 2.5km Classic category was Bryson Miller who is only 11 years old.
The sights and sounds of the Armadale Highland Gathering thrilled crowds once again, with performances by pipe bands and highland dancers, and a heavy events competition with the arrival of Atlas Stones for this year’s event, a first for Australia.
“Of course, the Meet and Greet Scottish Dogs area with agility demonstrations, a fancy dress pooch parade and the celebration of Archie’s fifth birthday, drew large crowds throughout the day,” added Mayor Zelones.
The Medieval Fair saw jousting from talented fighters with the Knights of the Free Company and The Grey Company, while representatives from six of Western Australia’s clans were in attendance to help people trace their heritage.
Other features included the Loch Mess Monster Upcycle Challenge involving local school children, a Hillman Imp car exhibition, as well as the traditional address to the Haggis and the popular massed pipe band procession.
“On behalf of the City, I would like to thank members of the committee who give their time in the lead up to help organise this tremendous event as well as volunteers, suppliers, competitors and those who came along. It was a fantastic day, and we look forward to receiving feedback to consider for next year’s event,” said Mayor Zelones.
A feedback survey is now available via the Culture Counts website, with respondents in the running to win a $200 eftpos voucher.