Thousands turn out for Highland Games

18:16, Nov 10 2012
Hororata Highland Games 2012
Gerry Brownlee opens the games.
Hororata Highland Games 2012
Teams battle at tug-of-war.
Hororata Highland Games 2012
Gerry Brownlee opens the games.
Hororata Highland Games 2012
Performers dance the hornpipe.
Hororata Highland Games 2012
Mikaela Grammer keeps the beat during the Riccarton and Scottish Pipe Band competitions .
Hororata Highland Games 2012
Phil Jensen from Wellington in the stone throwing competition.
Hororata Highland Games 2012
Ben Calder from Halkett finds another use for the caber.
Hororata Highland Games 2012
The Hororata Highland Games.

Tartan, longswords, mace-flourishing, and even a taste of haggis lured thousands of Cantabrians to the Hororata Highland Games yesterday.

The event attracted huge crowds, some, such as Earthquake Minister Gerry Brownlee, in kilts to enjoy everything Scottish, from sports to whisky.

The proceeds of the games will go into rebuilding Hororata, which was badly damaged by the September 2010 quake.

Gerry Brownlee
OPENING ACT: MP and Games chieftain Gerry Brownlee opens the Hororata Highland Games watched by sword-bearer Bruce Nell yesterday.

Lucy Green, a British tourist, said the games were "spectacular".

"I have a [bag]piper in the family and at home I have been to highland games, but never before in the setting of the southern hemisphere."

Bob Blythe, a Scots expat living in Christchurch, said the games had an authentic flavour. "The accents are slightly different. Otherwise they are as good as in Scotland, with better weather."

Organiser Ainsley Walter said it felt as if there were a lot more people than last year's event, which drew a crowd of 8000. She and fellow organiser Mark Stewart relaunched the famous Hororata pies at the games and they sold at a rate of 40 every two minutes.

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