MONTROSE can be proud of the part it played in the county’s celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the event’s organiser said this week.
More than 20 local organisations were represented at the celebration, held at Glamis Castle on Sunday, which Robina Addison this week hailed a success, saying it was “the most fabulous day ever”.
Around 25,000 people flocked to the Glamis Gathering in glorious sunshine to enjoy the sights and sounds of Angus at what was a truly unique occasion and the largest celebration of its kind in Scotland.
The 600-year-old castle itself, childhood home of Her Majesty The Queen Mother, formed the backdrop throughout the day for a host of entertainment staged by dancers, singers, musicians and drama groups from across Angus. Each burgh also had its own marquee in which it could showcase its local societies and community groups and highlights included the Parade of Youth, which involved around 2,000 young people from a variety of youth organisations, a performance from massed Highland dancers and the Lonach Pipe band from Aberdeenshire, accompanied by the Lonach Highlanders.
The VIP guest for the day was Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Gloucester, on her first visit to Angus, who spent the afternoon mingling with the crowds in the marquees after taking a pipe band salute on the castle’s main drive.
She also accepted a new bagpipe melody composed especially for the Jubilee on behalf of The Queen.
Events at burgh level were co-ordinated by the areas’ community councils and Mrs Addison, in her role as deputy lieutenant of Angus, had the difficult task of drawing together the different strands.
She praised the efforts of everyone who had helped to make what was a truly county-wide community event, commenting: “From the weather to the crowds it was beyond all expectations. It just couldn’t have been better. We started out to make Angus proud and I think we succeeded.
“The efforts that were made were incredible. Each burgh was different, they had all gone to so much trouble and their enthusiasm was out of this world. There’s also been a great deal of enthusiasm locally and the Montrose organisers did a great job.
“The weather was a big factor in the success of the day and if it had been raining we wouldn’t have got the crowds, but I’m sure that those taking part would have shown their enthusiasm regardless.”
“The attendance of Her Royal Highness was also a highlight. She was delightful and was very impressed with the event. We can all feel proud that we held such a celebration.”