Gala event plans

A CALL has gone out to local organisations to make sure they are represented in the county’s forthcoming celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Robina Addison, deputy lieutenant of Angus, said she is keen to hear from as many groups as possible who would be willing to take part in the Angus gala event, which will be held at Glamis Castle in May.

Although Mrs Addison, who is organising the event, began contacting communities at the end of last year she this week said the process has been hampered in some areas due to the collapse of community councils or a lack of a lead organisation.

She said: “I don’t want anyone to be left out. I’m making a plea for any groups that haven’t been approached to get in touch with me about the gathering on May 20, anyone interested in taking part that hasn’t come to my notice.”

The castle will be the spectacular backdrop to the free afternoon gala event marking the Queen’s 60-year reign, with contributions from the communities of all seven Angus burghs.

The Glamis Gathering will be presided over by the county’s Lord Lieutenant, Georgiana Osborne, who has appointed Mrs Addison as one of her deputies to head its organisation.

A similar celebration at Glamis, childhood home of the Queen Mother, for the golden jubilee in 2002 attracted 15,000 spectators.

Each burgh will showcase local talent and enterprise in individual marquees around the castle parkland with a programme of entertainment planned for a central stage.

Mrs Addison said: “It’s open to any community group or organisation for all ages in any of the seven burghs in Angus, if they feel they can stage a performance or if they cater for an interesting hobby they could have a workshop, take part in the parade or even if they just want to help with any aspect of the day.

“If so, I’d like to hear from them by the end of February. I just want to make this as inclusive as possible.”

Anyone interested in taking part in the gathering can contact Mrs Addison by e-mailing or by calling 07843 897150.