More groups needed for Gathering

MORE organisations from around Montrose are needed to man the burgh’s marquee at next month’s Glamis Gathering, one of the local organisers has said.

At Hillside Community Council’s recent meeting, member Gill Davies said that arrangements are “no further forward” and few Montrose area groups had come forward to express an interest in taking part.

Building on the success of last year’s Diamond Jubilee gathering at Glamis Castle, the two-day event has been organised as a fund-raiser for the Ninewells Cancer Campaign.

That event attracted more than 25,000 people from across the county and its organisers, Robina Addison and Norman Fiddes, have again been asked to pull together the weekend which they hope will keep up the momentum between last year’s gathering and another to be held next year to mark the Year of Homecoming.

Updating community councillors on the gathering, Mrs Davies said: “We’re really no further forward. There are a couple of groups that will be involved but I haven’t heard anything else. As far as I know there have been hardly any organisations in touch wanting to be involved.”

Held over the weekend of May 18 and 19, the Saturday evening will offer a ‘Live on the Lawn’ concert featuring a Michael Buble tribute act, ceilidh band Iron Broo, all-girl rock band Glitz, internationally acclaimed fiddler Paul Anderson and Blairgowrie Pipe Band, as well as the added attraction of a funfair.

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 which will offer a prize for the best dressed teddy, and a competition for primary schools called ‘Glammerjack’, based on the game show ‘Crackerjack’. In addition, performers from across Angus will again take to the stage during the course of the day.

There will also be a cookery demonstration by ‘The Kilted Chef’ Craig Wilson as well as food and craft villages featuring stalls by local producers and craftspeople, and Angus Farmers’ Market.

While the Jubilee event drew heavily on the Angus burghs to showcase each of their communities, this year Montrose, Arbroath, Monifieth and Glamis will be taking marquees and although the emphasis of this year’s gathering will be slightly different, organisers hope that the appeal will be as wide as last year’s which attracted more than 25,000 people from across Angus.

Mrs Addison this week said: “We do need more people to come forward. We only have one or two so far and it would be nice to have more people taking part.”

While last year’s gathering was funded, this year there will be a charge for the event with proceeds going to the Ninewells campaign. Day tickets will cost £23 for families, £8 for adults, £5 for under-15s and entry for children under two will be free. Further information is available online at and tickets can be obtained by e-mailing or from Angus Council Access offices. Entry will be by ticket only.

Anyone wishing to take part in the gathering can register their interest by contacting Mrs Addison on 01674 675514.