Showcasing Forfar under one roof

THE Glamis Gathering will provide the ideal backdrop for the people of Forfar to show what the town has on offer as part of the diamond jubilee celebrations for Her Majesty the Queen.

Forfar Community Council, along with their counterparts from throughout Angus, were invited to bring together a cross section of their town’s life which will be on display in the Forfar marquee on Sunday, May 20 in the grounds of Glamis Castle.

There will be a “Taste of Forfar”, music from world champion piper Glenn Ross, a full programme of entertainment and stands as well as an impressive turn-out from the town’s youth organisations - all under one roof.

Mrs Isobel Ross, chairman of Forfar Community Council, hopes the Forfar public will turn out to support their efforts which will ensure the people of Forfar play their own part in marking the Queen’s Diamond jubilee.

She said: “We have tried to showcase our burgh by including nursery and school-children, youth organisations and some of the organisations and groups that we are lucky to have in Forfar, and proud to present as part of the fabric of our town.

“This is not a fund-raising day so no-one will be selling anything in our marquee.

“But we will have our own “Taste of Forfar”, with delicious samples of the good things made in Forfar which will be distributed to members of the public”.

This will include home-made tablet, pate, butter made in the traditional fashion and of course, the world famous Forfar bridie.

The community councils were approached by the gathering’s organisers to put forward names of various groups and organisations, with over 100 being forwarded.

Those approached to take part promise to show just a sample of what Forfar has to offer, from Forfar Horticultural Society, the Town Twinning Association, Forfar Historical Society, Forfar Rotary Club and the Angus Access Panel.

There will be entertainment from Stepping Stones Nursery Group, the Liz Low Dancers, a Tai Chi demonstration, and primary school choirs.

Mrs Ross continued: “These organisations do a lot of good in the town. We couldn’t include everybody but we tried to give the kids their day. They are the future generation for the town.

“We were invited to mark the diamond jubilee by showcasing the town. We have tried to do that and I don’t know what more we could have done.

“Forfar will be well represented in the parade by Girl Guides, Brownies, Rainbows and their leaders, and officers and boys from all sections of the 2nd Forfar Company Boys Brigade.

“There will be a grand total of 260 young people, leaders and officers from Forfar, Kingsmuir and Letham. Entertainment will be on-going during the day, and will be provided by local groups and school children after they have shown their many talents on stage in the main programme of events.”

The community council also organised a Diamond Jubilee Poster Competition which involved pupils from Whitehills and Langlands Primary Schools, which proved most popular. The competition was sponsored by Canvas Art in Forfar and all the winning entries will be on display in the Forfar marquee.

Forfar Instrumental Band and the Strathmore Pipe Band will be holding work-shops on the day and there will be a demonstration from the Angus Community Health Partnership. Also taking part will be the St Andrews Ambulance Association, Tayside Police and the Angus Access Panel as well as entertainment from the R.S.C.D.A. and a demonstration of “dance to fitness” by Strathmore Primary School. Forfar’s rich history in the textile industry will also be included with local man Bill Harvey on hand to reminisce about the days of the Forfar mills.

Mrs Ross concluded: “There will be a good mixture representing Forfar on the day and we invited everyone to come along to our marquee to see what there is on offer.”

The Glamis Gathering is being organised by Robina Addison and Norman Fiddes, on behalf of the Angus Provost and the Lord Lieutenant of Angus.