Aberdeen Highland Games committee officially unveil commemorative cairn at Taylor Park

ABERDEEN'S Scottish heritage is now set in stone with a long-term asset for the local region unveiled.

Saturday, October 12, saw the official dedication of a commemorative cairn in Taylor Park which has been built by the Aberdeen Highland Games as part of it's 20th year celebrations.

The stone memorial recognises the contributions of the Scots to the local area and, along with a new district tartan in the name of the Upper Hunter, is a commemorative gift to the people of Aberdeen.

Aberdeen Highland Games Chieftain for 2019 Nicola O'Driscoll (nee Macintyre) of Kayuga officially unveiled the cairn and the dedication was conducted by Rev Barbara Morgan.

The Games' president Charles Cooke said the project was 12 months in the making and he's happy to see the pieces come together.

"We're just so pleased that it's here because it's something that people can stop and look at and it's part of the rest of the history here," Mr Cooke said.

"We're also contemplating putting a pathway there with some bricks in which we will inscribe the names of chiefs.

"We would put a pathway and a skirting around it and tidy it up so that it doesn't get boggy. So we're just waiting for council to give us the go ahead on that now.

"We're very pleased with the way it's come out and Council has been really good in supporting the project."

Scone RSL Pipes & Drums pipers Wayne Saunders and Mark Lawrence.

Scone RSL Pipes & Drums pipers Wayne Saunders and Mark Lawrence.

Upper Hunter Shire Council mayor Wayne Bedggood said he was pleased to support the Highland Games commemorate their 20th year.

"It is a sensitive topic but, again, Scottish heritage in this part of the world for our modern Australian history is very important and this pays recognition to that," Mr Bedggood said.

He said council would "certainly be supportive" of further improvements to the site and additions to the memorial.

"This is one of our more utilised parks in the Shire, any time that you drive past Taylor Park there are tourists here - either cars, camper vans or small trucks pull up here," he said.

"Everyone pulls up and has a look and there's always people standing reading the storyboards or using the benches and the amenities are always well kept."

The memorial plaque on the cairn reads: "This cairn has been constructed by the Committee of the Aberdeen Highland Games in its 20th year to commemorate the contribution of the sons and daughters of Scotland to the development of the Hunter Valley and in particular the town of Aberdeen".

The Scone RSL Pipes & Drums also attended the dedication ceremony to add a Scottish flavour to the afternoon, before guests retired to the Segenhoe Inn for afternoon tea.