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Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Glamis Gathering

HRH the Duchess of Gloucester met with members of the Tannadice Brownies during her visit to Glamis which marked her first visit to Angus. (Photosonlocation.co.uk).

HRH the Duchess of Gloucester met with members of the Tannadice Brownies during her visit to Glamis which marked her first visit to Angus. (Photosonlocation.co.uk).

THE county of Angus came together in glorious sunshine on Sunday to pay its own, memorable tribute to the Queen’s sixty year reign.

From early morning queues of traffic followed a route to Glamis Castle in what was billed as Scotland’s biggest party to mark the Queen’s diamond jubilee - and the day did not disappoint.

A visit from HRH the Duchess of Gloucester put the icing on the Royal cake in a day hosted by Mrs Georgiana Osborne, the Lord-Lieutenant of Angus and Angus Provost Helen Oswald.

Community councils from throughout the county were tasked with putting together a marquee typifying their own areas, and they came up trumps.

Forfar and Kirriemuir had everything from a flavour of Forfar to floral art demonstrations, tai chi to wargames.

Months of planning and preparation came to a spectacular climax when the sound of the pipes from the castle ramparts heralded the start of a wonderful celebration, kindly hosted by the Earl of Strathmore.

Her Majesty the Queen sent her own personal good wishes to all those attending the diamond jubilee celebrations, commenting in the programme “I hope we will all be reminded of togetherness and the convening strength of family, friendship and good neighbourliness” all of which were evident at the Glamis Gathering.

Crowds lined the magnificent sweeping castle drive as youth organisations from throughout the county paraded towards the castle in the morning, whilst the Royal visitor was greeted with the sound 14 pipe bands.

A crowd estimated to be in the region of 23,000 was treated to a packed programme of entertainment laid on in the castle grounds, as well as a Royal walkabout.

The earl of Strathmore was also out mingling with the crowds, stopping off in the Glamis and Charleston marquee whilst live music, 500 highland dancers and historical re-enactments made it a day to remember.

 

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