The Council of Pipe bands Australia, NSW Branch promoted a tune writing contest to honour the long and dedicated service of Mr Robert Macpherson - who has driven the organisation of the Maclean contest in Northern NSW for longer than he cares to remember! His hard work and enthusiasm have had a marked impact on the promotion of the pipe band movement in norther NSW.
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Highland Dancing is distinct from Scottish Country Dancing.
The Gillie Callum (Sword Dance) is the oldest and dates back to the 11th Century.
The Highland Fling is said to have been inspired by the sight of a stag wandering the hills with the arms of the dancer forming the shape of the antlers.
The Saenn Truibheas (Old Trousers) dates back to the time after Culloden in 1746 when the kilt was forbidden.
Maclean Highland sport has grown over the years to provide a unique combination of culture, sport and social entertainment.From traditional heavy athletics like caber tossing, log wrestling, shot put, famers walk to field and track events. The Highland games at Maclean attract competitors for the social participation, rather than highly competitive. The games are a spectacle like no other with a programme for Men, Ladies, Boys and Girls.