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August 16, 2009

Temporary village creates perfect atmosphere for The Gathering

Organisers responsible for staging the greatest international clan gathering the world has ever seen required a large number of structures to be built to house the numerous activities. However, it was vital that they reflected the aims of the event and created the right ambience for visitors.

The Gathering 2009, staged at Edinburgh’s Holyrood Park, drew representatives of 124 different clans from around the world – attracting around 50,000 people from more than 40 countries to the two-day extravaganza.

The inaugural event was the centrepiece of Homecoming Scotland, a special calendar of events marking Scotland’s great ancestry and commemorating the 250th anniversary of the birth of the poet Robert Burns.

A sea of people, proudly sporting their tartan kilts, took to the streets of Edinburgh in a memorable celebration of clan history. The event was officially opened by the Prince of Wales, who described it as the “most splendid of gatherings”.

Dressed in a kilt made of the Ancient Hunting Stewart tartan, Prince Charles was accompanied by the Duchess of Cornwall, who met representatives of some of the clans present at the event, which took place on 25-26 July.

Clan-tastic: The Gathering took place in Holyrood Park

The task of delivering the right temporary structures for the event was given to De Boer, which provided more than 80 Pyramide tents, each measuring 3m by 3m, as well as 40 5m-by-5m Pyramides, to house the event’s Clan Village. This created a stunning backdrop and shelter for visitors. In addition, De Boer erected five Acropolis pavilions for a wide range of attractions, such as whisky tasting and food sampling, where visitors were able to try out Scotland’s finest produce.

The company also supplied its Alu Hall structures for use as an entertainment venue and VIP hospitality area.

“It has been an amazingly successfully event and we have received many complementary comments about the entire festival,” said Iona Scott, speaking on behalf of the organisers. “The structures provided by De Boer were an integral part of the entire event creating a unique village atmosphere.”

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