The annual celebration of the Scottish and Irish heritage of Ormiston House was blessed with perfect weather this year and the huge crowd that attended was treated to a varied and entertaining programme provided by over 200 performers. Over 1,000 visitors and volunteers watched from the marquees on the front lawn while enjoying their lunches and Devonshire teas, including five coachloads of visitors from as far afield as the Gold Coast.
Kathleen Proctor Moore was sadly unable to perform, but Gregory Moore stepped ably into her place. One of the original Ten Tenors, Greg toured New Zealand, Australia and Canada in the acclaimed Scotland the Brave. Greg charmed the appreciative audience with his wonderful renditions of old favourites as well as some beautiful songs from his new album.
From the splendid marching and playing of the two pipe bands, the Murrumba Scotch Terrier Mascots, Scottish and Irish dancers and the Scottish Volunteer Corps displays, there was something for everyone. Bayside Harmony singers and the Ladies Drum Corps completed the full programme.
The Ormiston Garden Club created a colourful display of hanging baskets and potted plants in a corner on the back verandah of the house, and there were many stalls and craft displays to interest the many visitors.
All images are copyright Lynette Rees Photography 2012, specialising in portraiture and events in the Redlands