Sun, surf, and saffron?

– by Kevrenor

Sun – there was that in abundance!
Surf – just nearby at your choice of ocean or bay-side location!

Saffron – well, no saffron buns or cake for this year alas – but there was certainly saffron in the Cornish national tartan worn by the Cornish who met up at last weekend’s 4th ‘Clans on the Coast – Celtic Festival’ at Nelson Bay, Port Stephens (NSW) on the east coast of Australia.

Starting with a get-together at the Nelson Bay Diggers club on Friday night entertained by Celtic rock band Highlander and Scots dancers and pipers, the main event is on the Saturday at the nearby Tomaree Oval.

A parade of Scots clans, bands, and Celtic associations kicked off the day, with a display of flags, banners, colour and sound.

The Cornish born and descendants in attendance had a chance to catch up, and meet with new people searching for more on their Cornish roots.

Yes there were Cornish pasties of course – During the day various events take place, including choirs, bands, dancing, strong man events, and various stalls selling merchandise from all the Celtic nations.

”]Saturday night had a ceili with dining, music, and dance and on the Sunday the festival was closed by a ‘Kirkin of the Tartan’ ceremony on the harbour waterfront.

Held over 16-18 September, 2011 this year – this festival will return on the 3rd weekend in September, 2012

As well as the festival the attractions of the area gave a lot to enjoy.

Clans on the Coast web site:

by Kevrenor
21  September, 2011