Townsfolk set to enjoy diamond day

ANTICIPATION is mounting ahead of the county’s official celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee at Glamis this Sunday.

And with more than 20 local organisations taking part in the historic event, which will be attended by Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Gloucester, Montrose and district is set to be one of the best represented of the Angus burghs. Each will have its own marquee in which to represent the best of its community as well as a number of acts on the main stage during the course of the day.

The entire proceedings will take place against the magnificent backdrop of Glamis Castle with a host of additional entertainment from 14 pipe bands, the band of the Royal Marines and 500 dancers performing on the main stages. The Lonach Pipe Band from Aberdeenshire will also perform and will be accompanied by the Lonach Highlanders.

Georgiana Osborne, Lord Lieutenant of Angus, said there has been “enormous enthusiasm” from the county’s community councils which have been working steadily for months towards the day. She also praised Deputy Lieutenant Robina Addison who has had the difficult task of pulling together its different aspects.

She said: “They have all organised a wonderfully varied range of events and interests in their respective marquees. In addition bands, choirs, musicians, drama groups, from schools and groups across the county are to perform on the four different stages and such has been the response that the Glamis programme will get under way on the Sunday morning ahead of the massed bands parade and Parade of Youth.

“I would like to pay particular tribute to Robina Addison who has masterminded the choreography of the event and worked tirelessly for months on end.

“I also look forward with much anticipation to the spectacle of pipe bands playing from the castle ramparts.”

Mrs Addison this week said the event is set to be the biggest public jubilee celebration in Scotland and she is delighted with how the county has rallied behind the idea.

She said: “I’m just so happy that the whole of Angus has come together to put on this show. We’re delighted that a member of the Royal family will be present which is just the icing on the cake.”

Represented in the Montrose marquee will be: The Friends of William Lamb, the 1st Marquis of Montrose Society, Montrose Embroiderers’ Guild, Borrowfield Pensioners, Ferryden village, Montrose Horticultural Society, Angus Puffins, Montrose Rotary Club, Montrose Highland Games, Montrose Twinning Association, Montrose Golf Links Ltd., the RNLI, Mercantile Golf Club, Montrose Air station Heritage Centre, Bamse, The Montrose Society, Dunninauld Castle, Discovery Award Association, Montrose Gold, Montrose YM, Montrose Art Group, Montrose Magical Society.

In addition there will be performances by members of Centre Stage, the Esk Academy of Dancing, the Gordon School of Dancing, Montrose Town Band and pupils from local schools.

The day’s programme gets under way at 11am, but the castle grounds will be open to the public from 10.30am.