ORGANISATIONS from Forfar and Kirriemuir are being urged to be part of a second Glamis Gathering which will be held at Glamis Castle on Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19.
Building on the success of last year’s event, held to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and which attracted 25,000 people, this year’s two-day event has been organised as a fund-raiser for the Ninewells Cancer Campaign.
The organisers are again Robina Addison and Norman Fiddes who hope this year’s event will help link the 2012 spectacular and next year’s contribution, which will mark the Year of the Homecoming.
While the jubilee event drew heavily on the Angus burghs to showcase each of their communities, the emphasis of this year’s format will be slightly different and some elements are already in place.
Mrs Addison said: “We’re having a ‘Live on the Lawn’ event on the Saturday night with a varied programme of music featuring Iron Broo, all-girl rock band Glitz and internationally acclaimed fiddler Paul Anderson.
“We felt that, with the cancellation of this year’s Glamis Prom concert, it might help to keep the pot boiling for them. All the acts are professional, although throughout the weekend there will be entertainment by local groups too.
“Sunday will be a family day featuring the Singing Kettle, who will perform a brand new show on a Wild West theme, a teddy bears’ picnic and a competition for primary schools called ‘Glammerjack’, based on the game show ‘Crackerjack’
“We also have a celebrity chef who will come along to do cookery demonstrations as well as food and craft villages.
“We still, however, want to hear from performance groups and youth organisations which would be willing to come forward to take part.”
Last year’s gathering - Scotland’s largest celebration for the diamond jubilee - was blessed with beautiful sunshine which had the crowds flocking to Glamis.
Although last year’s gathering was funded, there will be a charge for the event with proceeds going to the Ninewells campaign.
Mrs Addison continued: “The gathering last year was so successful and we’ve been asked to do something next year at Glamis for the Year of the Homecoming, so we thought we’d keep things moving. We felt that the cancer campaign was appropriate as there are so many people in Angus who have been affected by it or know someone who has.
“This promises to be a really good and different event and we want community support to bring the burghs together.”
Speaking at the castle launch last Tuesday, cancer campaign chairman Lady Fraser of the Ninewells Cancer Campaign said: “We are extremely grateful to be involved with this event.
“The great thing is that we always say that our campaign is local so to be linked into something like this is absolutely fantastic.”
Those wishing to take part in the 2013 Glamis Gathering should contact Mrs Addison on 01674 675514 or Gill Davies on 01674 830 352/0777 375 4606. Tickets will be on sale in the near future, online via Paypal and from local outlets.
Full details are available on the glamisgathering2013.co.uk website.