Get kilted up for a Scottish ball

19:10, Jul 31 2014
mac mackay, barbara swain
CELEBRATION: St Andrews Scottish Society patron Mac MacKay, left, and chief Barbara Swain ahead of the Centennial Ball this weekend, at the Scottish Hall in Invercargill.

The St Andrew's Scottish Society is celebrating 100 years in Southland.

The society is hosting its centennial ball at the Scottish Hall on Saturday night followed by a dinner on Sunday.

Society chief Barbara Swain said about 100 tickets had sold with people coming from as far as Dunedin to join the celebrations.

The hall would be decorated with tartan scarves and coloured lights and it was hoped people would dress formal but with a "Scottish flavour," she said.

There would be live old-time music, she said.

The society lasting a century was fantastic because it had been through some lows and highs, she said.


There were times it almost came to an end but people managed to keep it going.

"I feel we owe it to all those people who kept it going to celebrate their efforts."

The society host a ball every August as well as the Burns Dinner in January and celebrate the Hogmanay, a Scottish holiday, on December 31.

It also hosts monthly dances, which include old-time and sequence dancing.

The society was looking for new members and people to come along and enjoy the monthly dances and different functions it hosts, Swain said. 

The Southland Times