Highland Gathering nearly in Ladysmith

Event starts June 18

The flower of Scotland will be in full bloom as kilts and bagpipes are ready to take over the streets for the Highland Gathering.


The event, hosted by different legions in B.C. each year, will be marching right down First Avenue to Aggie Fields for band and colour party competitions, heavy games, silent auction and much more.


The gathering begins on Saturday, June 18 with a parade down First Avenue at 9 a.m. Opening Ceremonies will take place at 11 a.m. at Aggie Hall. According to Ladysmith Legion #171 Sgt-At-Arms Darrel Byron, everything is coming together nicely.


“Everything is looking good. We are quite pleased with the way things are progressing,” said Byron a week before the event.


Byron said they did not get all the sponsors they were looking for, but everyone is excited and confident the show is going to be a great success.


Interest has been growing in the final weeks leading up to the event, said Byron, as people are starting to talk about the gathering.


“We have more vendors coming in. It’s generating some interest … word is getting out,” said Byron.


“Things are falling into place quite nicely.”


Organizers are also preparing for a visit from Lt.-Gov. Steven Point, which requires following a certain protocol for how to address him and act in his presence.


As the kickoff date closes in, Byron wants to remind people there is something for everyone at the gathering and is encouraging people to come and check it out. Organizers are also looking for people with 15-passenger vans to help with transportation. For more information, call 250-245-2273.