Throughout Arbroath and the surrounding district people have come together in the last week to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday.
There were parties held all over: in Arbroath Town Mission, St Mary’s Church, The Royal British Legion Scotland clubrooms, Carmyllie Village Hall and Cairnie Lodge to name but a few.
In the Town Mission a light lunch was enjoyed by around 120 guests, and speaker Mrs Georgiana Osborne, Lord Lieutenant of Angus, gave an interesting talk, including a thank you message from Buckingham Palace. Soprano Maggie Findlay, accompanied by pianist Isobel Luke, entertained. Each guest received a celebration mug as a gift and donations of more than £600 were collected in aid of veterans’ charity Erskine.
St Mary’s Church had a good old sing-song with Marina Kyle on piano and Evelyn Fordyce singing. Margaret Christison recited ‘Pearls of Wisdom’, Bill Fenton sang ‘Lovely Glen Clova’, and Jack Laing sang some humorous Arbroath songs.
Royal connections at the party - Iris Singer turned 92 on Sunday; Delia Walker, 90, was in the crowd outside Buckingham Palace when World War Two ended; and Joan Mitchell’s brother, Ronnie, was a fanfare trumpeter at the Queen’s Coronation.
All guests over the age of 90 received flowers and gifts.