Aberdeen Highland Games celebrates its 20th anniversary at Jefferson Park next Saturday, July 6

MEMORIAL: Aberdeen Highland Games president Charles Cooke inspects the memorial cairn at Taylor Park on Friday ahead of next Saturday's event.
MEMORIAL: Aberdeen Highland Games president Charles Cooke inspects the memorial cairn at Taylor Park on Friday ahead of next Saturday's event.

THE Aberdeen Highland Games will give locals the opportunity to immerse themselves in Scottish culture at Jefferson Park for the 20th year next Saturday.

To commemorate the significant milestone, the committee have decided to invest in the local region with two long-term assets.

A commemorative cairn at Aberdeen's Taylor Park is nearing completion, with the final step, the installation of a memorial plaque, to set the project in stone.

The stone memorial recognises the contributions of the Scots to the local area and a special dedication ceremony is planned for once the cairn is completed.

To add to this, to also coincide with the 20th anniversary, a new district tartan in the name of the Upper Hunter was unveiled earlier in the year.

Aberdeen Highland Games president Charles Cooke said he feels it's the least the committee could do to put back into the community and "it will be something that's there forever".

Mr Cooke expects we will be seeing a lot of the vibrantly coloured material next Saturday with a merchandise stall dealing the tartan products to set up shop at Jefferson Park.

"We've had [tartan] orders coming in quite well now," Mr Cooke said.

"The Muswellbrook Shire has purchased some shawls and scarves and I know the Upper Hunter Shire is doing the same thing."

Crofters Tartan Weavers located at Spring Ridge in North West NSW who helped design and weave the Upper Hunter tartan will also be at the Games with their products.

 UPPER HUNTER TARTAN: The colours intertwine to tell a story that is the blood and soul of the Upper Hunter Valley. Photo: The Scottish Register of Tartans

UPPER HUNTER TARTAN: The colours intertwine to tell a story that is the blood and soul of the Upper Hunter Valley. Photo: The Scottish Register of Tartans

The 20th year of the Aberdeen Highland Games will be a significant milestone in history with the first female "Chief of the Day", Nicola O'Driscoll.

Nicola grew up at Kayuga, a property west of Aberdeen, has a strong bond with the area, and is very proud of her Scottish heritage.

Previously named Nicola Macintyre, her late father, David Macintyre, was the first "Chief of the Day" in 2000.

History repeated itself at the 10th Aberdeen Highland Games, with Nicola's brother, Duncan Macintyre, taking on the role of "Chief of the Day".

Now, 20 years after it all began, Nicola is continuing the tradition.

The 20th Games promises to be a great Celtic experience, with stall holders, pipe bands, Kilted warriors, Scottish highland dancers and more.

Gates open at Jefferson Park, Aberdeen, at 8am on Saturday, July 6.

To book tickets or download a program, visit www.aberdeenhighlandgames.com

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