Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Scottish Show of Strength; DAVID ELLIS Travels to the NSW Southern Highlands for a Scottish Gathering

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Scottish Show of Strength; DAVID ELLIS Travels to the NSW Southern Highlands for a Scottish Gathering

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THE Scots have been doing it for centuries, the Icelanders for as long as they can remember, and on the other side of the world, itas been revered in Hawaiian history as a sign of royal strength.

Weare talking about lifting stones. Not any old stones, but special stones that can weigh anything up to 165kg each, which is some lift. And in Hawaiias case, actually a stone slab that weighs around 3000kg and which legend said that whoever could move it would one day unite all of the warring islands into one peaceful nationa[degrees]

And someone did.

Today strongmen around the world are still lifting stones, and this April 6 at Bundanoon in the picturesque NSW Southern Highlands a just half way between Sydney and Canberra a four of the strongest of Australiaas strongmen will attempt to be the quickest to lift five stones ranging from 115kg to 165kg each onto the tops of wine barrels during the 36th annual Bundanoon is Brigadoon.

This wonderfully colourful, fun and event-filled day is now one of the worldas largest gatherings of all things Scottish outside Scotland; a day when this pretty little village of just 2500 country folk rises from the Autumn mist and welcomes an amazing (and amazed) 12,000 or more visitors to the skirl of the bagpipes of a score of Pipe Bands.

And where the air is filled with aromas of fresh-baked Highland shortbreads and Abernethy biscuits, Scots pies and drop scones, gingerbreads and butterscotches, of blood pudding and haggisa[degrees]

And where this yearas Tartan Warriors a Aaron Monks, Luke Reynolds, Morgan Westmoreland and Jordan Steffens a will vie to see who will become this yearas Bundanoon is Brigadoon Champion by lifting those five Stones of Manhood onto their wine barrels in the quickest time, and judged by Australiaas super-strongman, David Huxley (who apart from being a multi-times Tartan Warriors Champion himself, once pulled a 184-tonne Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet for a near 100m along a tarmac at Sydney Airporta[degrees])

Lifting stones has been around for centuries: in Scotland a boy was welcomed into manhood when he could lift a special clan atesting stonea to the height of his waist, and in later life men challenged each other to lift mightier stones above their heads. …

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