WHILE things are shaping up well for Wingham`s commemoration of 500 years of Scottish history over the weekend of September 7-8, the forthcoming federal elections has had an impact.
At their most recent meeting, organisers recognised that because of their work on polling booths, many of the local volunteer helpers would be unavailable to attend the Saturday night gala dinner at the Wingham Services Club as planned.
“This was quite a setback,” said program coordinator Eric Richardson. “But undaunted, we quickly changed the gala dinner to a gala luncheon on the Sunday, commencing at noon,” he said.
Distinguished historian Professor Sybil Jack will still be the guest speaker. Arrangements for the other two events on the commemorative program on Sunday, September 8, remain the same.
Tickets are selling now for the lunch at the Wingham Services Club.
Numbers are limited so book at the club now if you don`t want to miss out hearing Professor Jack talk about how the Scots turned defeat into triumph.
The Commemorative Church Service at St Andrew`s Presbyterian Church on Sunday morning at 9:30am promises to be one with a very Scottish flavour.
Everyone is welcome to come along and share refreshments which will be provided by the Presbyterian ladies after the service.
Then it is off to the gala luncheon at noon, on to the grand concert at the Wingham Catholic Church for a 2pm start. And what a concert!
Concert program manager and MC on the day, George Hoad is delighted with the range of skilled performers who are giving their time and talents to make this concert one which will not be forgotten.
Manning Valley Historical Society members will be providing afternoon tea under the verandah in front of the Museum.
Concert tickets are available at Bent on Life or may be purchased at the door.
Wingham is the only town in NSW to be endorsed by the Scottish Australia Heritage Council to have the honour of marking the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden and the 500th anniversary of recognition of “The Scottish Soldier”.
The program is supported by the Manning Valley Historical Society.
“While the theme of the weekend may be all things Scottish, the program highlights the local community and all that it has to offer locals and visitors alike. Come along and share in the fun,” Eric said.