All roads led to the Hororata Area on Saturday for the 10th annual Hororata Highland Games.

The occasion was very first held in 2012 to help the little, rural local community get better from the 2010 and 2011 Canterbury earthquakes.

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the organisers of this year’s game titles overcame uncertainty to assist the local community recover from the lockdown earlier this year.

When all over again there was plenty of displays of strength in the weighty highland games occasion and there chances for all ages to try out their hand at the numerous disciplines.

The Scottish clans had been out in pressure at the specially set up “St Andrew’s Square” and there was Scottish cuisine and beverages to sample.

Canterbury Scottish Council member Elwyn Martin claimed the collecting of the clans experienced developed from 3 clans in 2012, to 14 last yr and 21 this yr.

Clan Keith was slotted in between regular rivals Clans Donald and Campbell to preserve the peace and exhibited some weaponry to exhibit its could possibly.

Clan Keith convenor Ian Dickson demonstrated a couple of 18th century swords and a protect and had a pistol on exhibit.

“Our regular job at a highland online games was to stand in between Clan Campbell and Clan Donald who are ancient rivals.”

The Keith Clan chieftains were “the Fantastic Earls Marischal of Scotland” till the 18th century when the main of the working day fought on the facet of Bonnie Prince Charlie Stuart.

Mr Dickson explained Keith was not a popular surname these times, with Clan members employing these surnames as Dickson, Marshall, Harvey and Faulkner, all in several spellings.

The New Zealand Society of Genealogists’ Canterbury branch was also on hand to guide folks in tracing their loved ones historical past, regardless of whether Scottish or usually.

Committee member Natasha Wells suggests there was an upsurge in interest in household record through the lockdown.

“I have listened to of a lot men and women say that they acquired into household history throughout lockdown.

Some folks I assume were a bit bored at dwelling without the need of get the job done and so they had been seeking for a thing new to understand.

“Probably with all the household around the residence you get started telling tales and talk to queries.

“I do always give people today the caveat that it can be addictive, so be cautious and be prepared and open minded for whichever surprises you could possibly uncover.”