Community spirit wins at Glamis celebration

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CROWDS thronged to Glamis Castle on Sunday for the biggest celebration in Scotland of Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Around 23,000 visitors from Angus and beyond flocked to the Glamis Gathering in perfect sunny conditions for a day celebrating not only 60 years of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II reign, but also some of the best that Angus can offer.

Each burgh was assigned a tent to do with as they pleased, and the organisers of the Arbroath, Carnoustie and Monifieth tents set to it with a gusto, serving up entertainment galore.

The Arbroath marquee featured a range of stalls from the likes of the Ladies’ Lifeboat Guild and Arbroath Gymnastics.

Arbroath marquee organiser Angela Smith said: “From my perspective, of the groups that participated we got some wonderful people who pulled everything together.

“I can’t thank people enough for all the cooperation. We did have a few last minute changes and it was good to have people who jumped in at the last minute.

“It made me very proud to be in a community like this. I think it was a good reflection of the groups in Arbroath.”

The Carnoustie marquee was masterminded by community councillor Sue McMahon. She said: “We had good feedback from the stallholders. I have been getting letters of thanks this week from the various stalls and I think they all had a positive reception from the people.

There were stalls from the Carnoustie Canine Capers, the Art Society and a demonstration by the Tai Chi Group and music was supplied Tommy Horne and Rodger Brunton, Zuglu Drums, Blazin’ Brass and Carnoustie Musical Society.

Mrs McMahon added: “They had 20 minutes each and we were grateful for their contribution.”

The Monifieth marquee was directed by community council treasurer Alistair Robertson who said his town’s contribution buzzed along merrily and also served to lay groundwork for future events.

He said: “From the time the doors opened at 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. it was a steady stream of people coming through all day.

“It was just great to see the various local organisations coming together. A lot of these organisations didn’t know about each other and are now looking to do more things together in the future.”

Angus South MSP Graeme Dey was full of praise for his constituents’ contributions. He said: “The marquees and stands for our towns and villages in Angus were outstanding and I would be very surprised if visitors from outwith the county do not pay a return visit to take in more of the local sights and attractions they heard about on Sunday.”

Mike Weir MP for Angus was there, and his favourite act was clear. He said: “Much as I enjoyed the massed pipe bands, country dancers and others I have to say that the moment of the day for me was the wonderful performance of Matt McGinn’s ‘Jeely Piece Song’ by the joint choirs from Angus primary schools.”