“Enthusiastic” response to jubilee plans

EARLY reaction to the county’s plans for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations has been positive, according to organising committee chairwoman Robina Addison.

Glamis Castle will host a free afternoon gala event next May to mark the Queen’s 60-year reign with contributions from the communities of all seven Angus burghs.

The Glamis Gathering, which was launched at the castle last week, 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 and Mrs Addison said the process of contacting organisations has already begun.

She said: “I think the launch event went very well and there is already a lot of enthusiasm for the Glamis Gathering.

“I had prepared a letter for all of the community council representatives at the launch event and I spoke to them all during the evening. I now plan to go round the community councils to speak to them individually.

Early plans include an opening involving massed pipe bands on the castle’s ramparts and 500 dancers performing on the main stage. The Lonach Pipe Band from Aberdeenshire will also perform and will be accompanied by the Lonach Highlanders.

Mrs Addison said the intention is to bring the wider Angus community together for the celebration.

She said: “It’s not a competition between the burghs, it’s an event aimed at uniting the communities of Angus and giving all ages the opportunity to take part in what we aim to be a very special day. I’m sure it will quickly gather even more momentum, but the early response has been very enthusiastic and I’m greatly encouraged by that.”