Stage set for major event at Glamis Castle

ALL roads will lead to Glamis this Sunday for an Angus-wide celebration to mark the Queen’s diamond jubilee.

Glamis Castle will host one of the country’s major events to celebrate the Queen’s 60-year reign; it will be attended by the Duchess of Gloucester, the wife of Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester - a first cousin of the Queen.

Months of planning and preparation will come to fruition when the gates open at 10.30 am, ready for the main programme for the free event which begins at 11.

The gathering is billed as a community event supported by the seven burghs of Angus, with every age group involved.

Massed pipe bands on the ramparts of the castle will herald the start of the celebration, whilst hundreds of dancers perform on the stage in front of the castle.

Throughout the course of the day bands, choirs, dance groups, keep fit groups and orchestras will perform on the central stage whilst the Angus burgh marquees - including Forfar and Kirriemuir - will put themselves on display.

Mrs Georgiana Osborne, Lord-Lieutenant of Angus, told the “Dispatch and Herald” the excitement was building as the long-awaited Angus celebration of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, hosted by kind permission of The Earl of Strathmore, drew closer.

She said: “All seven burghs of Angus are to come together for a day long gathering in the spectacular setting of Glamis Castle and each burgh will put itself on display in its own marquee and there will be a multi-cultural marquee as well.

“There has been enormous enthusiasm from the members of the community councils who have been working steadily for months towards the day and they have all organised a wonderfully varied range of events and interests in their respective marquees.

“In addition bands, choirs, musicians, drama groups, from schools and groups across the county are to perform on the four different stages and such has been the response that the Glamis programme will get under way on the Sunday morning ahead of the Massed Bands Parade and Parade of Youth which starts at 1pm. I would like to pay particular tribute to Robina Addison who has masterminded the choreography of the event and worked tirelessly for months on end.

“I also look forward with much anticipation to the spectacle of pipe bands playing from the castle ramparts and would like to thank Norman Fiddes the Parade Marshall for his hard work in bringing together no less than 14 pipe bands.

“Needless to say we are absolutely delighted that Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Gloucester is to attend our Diamond Jubilee Celebration in the afternoon. Her presence will enhance what I know will be a wonderful day out for all the family. There is something here for everyone and I hope people will either bring a picnic or sample the excellent food available from the many food outlets. This is a great opportunity for the people of Angus to come together and have a wonderful party. All we need now is a fine day!”

As each community council hosts its own marquee demonstrating life in its burgh, the main programme brings together a wealth of talent from all walks of life, from members of the Tayside Police Choir to representatives from Angus primary schools giving a rendition of “The Jeely piece song”!

The main programme of events begins at 11 am with the parade of massed bands and youth groups at 1 pm.

Out of the 14 pipe bands taking part - Forfar, Auchterhouse and Strathmore have been selected to perform on the ramparts of the castle in a spectacular musical opening to the main programme.

Among the local groups taking part are Letham and Glamis Primary Schools, Kirriemuir Amateur Operatic Society, Kirriemuir Tai Chi, dancers from Nicola Grant, Wilma Wilson and Liz Low and music from Sonnet 65

There will be food stalls and a picnic area, as well as craft demonstrations and exhibitions.

There is free entry and free parking on the day, and the organisers advise motorists to allow plenty of time to get to Glamis. The massed bands will beat the retreat at 5.30 pm with the celebrations ending at 6 pm.