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Highland Perthshire Prepares for Platinum Jubilee

Highland Perthshire is preparing to celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee with several events planned for across the area. 

Pitlochry Moulin Hall is hosting an event on Sunday 5th June where there will be a BBQ, tea and coffee as well as some music and dancing. 

The Heritage Centre will also be open for the celebrations as part of a flower competition. 

Residents are being encouraged to bring along red, white and blue flowers and there will be prizes on offer for the best arrangement. 

Dunkeld’s celebrations will take place across the whole weekend beginning with a parade which will march from the Niel Gow statue at 10:15am to Stanley Park where a whole host of activities will be on offer.

These range from war re-enactments to raffles and a competition asking people to guess what year a photograph was taken. 

Manager of the Dunkeld Community Archives Ruth Brown said: “We have the Erskine Regiment who are going to be telling the story of the Battle of Dunkeld in 1689.

“We have Boer War, First and Second World War re-enactment camps including a First World War medics tent.

“We’re also being joined by 10th century warriors who are going to train the children of Dunkeld to defend the town against Viking attacks.”

Three ticketed events are also planned which include a play about Beatrix Potter on the Saturday evening. 

Following this, there will be talks about the history of Dunkeld cathedral as well as a music and conversation event about Niel Gow – a famous Scottish fiddler. 

Tickets can be found at https://www.birnamarts.com/festival-The-Queen-039-s-Platinum-Jubilee-Dunkeld-Celebrations-id147.

A fancy-dress competition will also be held and is open to all ages. 

Ms Brown added” “We will be looking at the most impressive or historically based costume and there will be a prize for the winner.”

For residents of Blair Atholl, there will be a ‘picnic in the park’ event taking place in the Memorial Park between 11 and 3 on Saturday 4th June. 

Everyone is encouraged to bring their own picnic but there will be craft stalls, a beer tent as well as face painting and a fancy-dress kids parade. 

Finally, across Highland Perthshire there will be beacon lighting ceremonies in honour of the jubilee. 

Information about the ceremony in your area can be found at https://www.perthcity.co.uk/landing/Platinum-Jubilee-Celebration-Weekend.

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