Official launch for this year’s gathering

Class acts: Pictured at the Glamis Gathering launch are (back, from left) fiddler Paul Anderson, Glamis Castle manager David Proudfoot, organiser Norman Fiddes, Fred Wilkinson and Charlie Abel from ceilidh band Iron Broo and Kilted chef Craig Wilson; (seated) Angus Provost Helen Oswald, Lady Fiona Fraser from the Ninewells Cancer Campaign and organiser Robina Addison.'Staff photograph

Class acts: Pictured at the Glamis Gathering launch are (back, from left) fiddler Paul Anderson, Glamis Castle manager David Proudfoot, organiser Norman Fiddes, Fred Wilkinson and Charlie Abel from ceilidh band Iron Broo and Kilted chef Craig Wilson; (seated) Angus Provost Helen Oswald, Lady Fiona Fraser from the Ninewells Cancer Campaign and organiser Robina Addison.'Staff photograph

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plans have been officially unveiled for this year’s Glamis Gathering, which promises to be a welcome addition to the county’s events calendar.

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

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

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 fun fair.

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 food and craft villages featuring stalls by local producers and craftspeople, Angus Farmers’ Market and the funfair will still be on site to add to the carnival atmosphere.

Although 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 www.glamisgathering2013.co.uk and tickets can be obtained by e-mailing info@glamisgathering.co.uk or from Angus Council Access offices. Entry will be by ticket only.