THE efforts of all those involved in the highly successful Glamis Gathering have been praised by the organisers for ensuring the county’s celebration of the Queen’s diamond jubilee at Glamis Castle was a day to remember.
Mrs Georgiana Osborne, the Lord-Lieutenant of Angus and Angus Provost Mrs Helen Oswald headed the celebrations in the grounds of Glamis Castle a week past Sunday, which was attended by over 23,000 visitors.
The Duchess of Gloucester attended the Gathering, taking a great interest in all the activities and the people she met.
Mrs Osborne said: “I was thrilled with the success of the day. It exceeded all expectations and I have heard nothing but praise from all who attended.
“We were so lucky to be blessed with the first beautiful day and are incredibly grateful to the Earl of Strathmore to let us have it at the unique setting at Glamis.”
Mrs Osborne thanked the event organiser Robina Addison, parade marshal Norman Fiddes and the Glamis Gathering Committee for choreographing the wonderful event.
She added: “I am hugely grateful to generous sponsors, my diamond jubilee committee (which included my very patient husband), and community councils, police and emergency services - all the organisations and individuals who contributed in so many different ways to unite the county in celebrating our Queen’s magnificent reign on the throne.”
Each burgh was invited to host their own marquees, with both Forfar and Kirriemuir Community Councils organising events for their town.
Mrs Isobel Ross, chairman of Forfar Community Council, was delighted with her team’s efforts and the response they received from the public.
She said: “It was an absolutely fantastic day. Our marquee was buzzing and all the reports we have had are it was very successful day. We had our own programme of entertainers, from Forfar Instrumental Band, Liz Low dancers, RSCDA, Forfar Dramatic Society, Letham Primary and Strathmore School whose tremendous zumba dancing was our finale. The taste of Forfar also went down well. My team was fantastic. They pulled it all together on the day and made the Forfar marquee the place to be! There was fantastic team work from those in the marquee and from Joe and Tom who were marshalling groups from the main programme to our marquee.”
Jim Ritchie, chairman of Kirriemuir Community Council, also reported a steady stream of visitors to the Kirrie marquee- so much so that the Duchess couldn’t get in!
He said: “As far as I am concerned it was a fantastic day. There were a lot of visitors from Dundee and Perth. I am proud Kirriemuir was involved in such an occasion and people are still talking about it in the street. People have been phoning to say it was a great show.”