Glamis Gathering

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THE county of Angus came together in glorious sunshine on Sunday to pay its own, memorable tribute to the Queen’s sixty year reign.

From early morning queues of traffic followed a route to Glamis Castle in what was billed as Scotland’s biggest party to mark the Queen’s diamond jubilee - and the day did not disappoint.

Photographic: Brechin Photographic Society put together a display of photos taken by members of the group that had been entered into various competitions.

Photographic: Brechin Photographic Society put together a display of photos taken by members of the group that had been entered into various competitions.

A visit from HRH the Duchess of Gloucester put the icing on the Royal cake in a day hosted by Mrs Georgiana Osborne, the Lord-Lieutenant of Angus and Angus Provost Helen Oswald.

Community councils from throughout the county were tasked with putting together a marquee typifying their own areas, and they came up trumps.

Brechin, Edzell and Aberlemno had everything from Fly fishing to screen-printing and laughter workshops to the Acorn Club.

Months of planning and preparation came to a spectacular climax when the sound of the pipes from the castle ramparts heralded the start of a wonderful celebration, kindly hosted by the Earl of Strathmore.

Polish: Brechin's Polish language class created a Polish display.

Polish: Brechin's Polish language class created a Polish display.

Her Majesty the Queen sent her own personal good wishes to all those attending the diamond jubilee celebrations, commenting in the programme “I hope we will all be reminded of togetherness and the convening strength of family, friendship and good neighbourliness” all of which were evident at the Glamis Gathering.

Crowds lined the magnificent sweeping castle drive as youth organisations from throughout the county paraded towards the castle in the morning, whilst the Royal visitor was greeted with the sound of 14 pipe bands.

A crowd estimated to be in the region of 23,000 was treated to a packed programme of entertainment laid on in the castle grounds, as well as a Royal walkabout.

The Earl of Strathmore was also out mingling with the crowds. And, with live music, 500 highland dancers and historical re-enactments it really was a day to remember.

The City of Brechin Pipe Band joined 13 other pipe bands as part of the parade of massed bands and the parade of youths. Pictured are some of the members of the band.

The City of Brechin Pipe Band joined 13 other pipe bands as part of the parade of massed bands and the parade of youths. Pictured are some of the members of the band.

Two youngsters get creative as they get the chance to take part in some screen-printing at Sunrise's table.

Two youngsters get creative as they get the chance to take part in some screen-printing at Sunrise's table.

The Duchess of Gloucester chats to Maggie Sherrit of Davidson Legacy, Brechin.

The Duchess of Gloucester chats to Maggie Sherrit of Davidson Legacy, Brechin.

Members of Brechin Angling Club were at hand to provide information and help to interested members of the public. They also allowed people to "have a go" at their fly fishing casthing area.

Members of Brechin Angling Club were at hand to provide information and help to interested members of the public. They also allowed people to "have a go" at their fly fishing casthing area.

Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Leaders from Brechin & Edzell joined the rest of Girlguiding Angus at the Glamis Gathering, celebrating the Queen's Jubile on Sunday 20 May. They had lots of fun during the day where they participated in the the youth parade. Later on they did a spot of singing with the Singing Circle.

Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Leaders from Brechin & Edzell joined the rest of Girlguiding Angus at the Glamis Gathering, celebrating the Queen's Jubile on Sunday 20 May. They had lots of fun during the day where they participated in the the youth parade. Later on they did a spot of singing with the Singing Circle.