May 24 2012 by Clare Damodaran, Blairgowrie Adv
ORGANISERS for the celebrations in Blairgowrie to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee are looking for volunteers to help out on the day.
A full programme of events in the Wellmeadow is planned for Sunday, June 3, to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s ascension to the throne, and the whole area is invited to join in the fun.
Organised by Blairgowrie and Rattray Community Council and the town’s Joint Festival Committee, the celebrations will start with a massed pipe band parade featuring the Blairgowrie and Rattray District Pipe Band as well as a guest band from Germany. The bands will march from the Gig on Perth Street at 12.30pm down Allan Street and to the Wellmeadow and will be accompanied by a fifties themed fancy dress parade.
At the Wellmeadow itself there will be lots of entertainment including performances by local musicians, including Blairgowrie’s Citizen of the Year Sheila Stewart MBE, craft stalls, bouncy castles, a pipe band, the Blairgowrie Players, Scrap Happy Theatre Co and Bits and Bobs on stage, Highland dancers, the planting of a commemorative tree in the Wellmeadow and refreshments.
Festival co-ordinator Wendy Byrd Meldrum said: “Plans for the celebrations are coming together nicely and it looks as though it is going to be a phenomenal day. As well as the great line-up we have planned, there will be bunting and the whole place will be covered in decorations and already different organisations in the town are coming together and working well to make the event a success.
“On behalf of the community council and the joint festivals committee I would like to thank everyone in the community for their help so far in bringing this all to fruition, everyone has been very supportive, and Caroline Shiers, Richard Robertson and Sue Cole in particular have been absolutely instrumental in organising this.
“We are delighted to have raised over £755 in funds through the Diamond Jubilee charity shop that we ran in Reform Street for ten days earlier this month and would like to thank everyone who donated goods or their time to the shop, it is very much appreciated and we couldn’t have done it without that support.
“We are still looking for some volunteers to help out on the day itself in the Wellmeadow, perhaps helping to marshall the parade or point people in the right direction or even to help serve refreshments. If you think you could spare an hour or so to help out and be part of this great day, then we would love to hear from you.”
Anyone who would like to volunteer should contact Wendy on 01250 870 278.