A view from the Bridge

THE diamond jubilee celebrations are now over, the bunting taken down and the Union flags put away for another day...but there’s no doubt that the festivities in Scotland were, for the most part, muted to say the least.

In this area, Royal Deeside apart - for obvious reasons - it was hard to tap into jubilee “fever” because it simply didn’t appear to be there.

Yes, there were community events and schools were doing their bit to mark the occasion, but I, for one, couldn’t help but get the feeling that we weren’t all rushing to hail Her Majesty’s 60 years on the throne.

Throw in the confusion over public holidays, jubilee day, who was working and who was off, and you got the sense that we weren’t really part of the big show.

The First Minister believes that perhaps there’s a difference in the way Scotland celebrates compared to other parts of the country. In any event Mr Salmond says that Scots will have other opportunities over the coming months to display their affection for the monarch, notably during Royal Week next month and at the Jubilee Tattoo in August.

ANOTHER of this summer’s major events which appears to have lukewarm interest north of the border is the Olympics, now only a few weeks away.

The Olympic Torch Relay, which has been snaking its way round the country since the middle of last month, finally reaches the North-east at the beginning of next week.

Organisers are hoping this will stimulate the public’s enthusiasm for the 2012 Games, which has been on a slow-burn at best.

It emerged last week that around three-quarters of the tickets for the Olympic football matches taking place at Hampden remained unsold, with only just over a month left to shift the remaining 150,000 briefs.

Now Scots football fans are noted for being slow in their uptake of tickets for matches, but even a supreme optimist would have difficulty convincing me it’s not a lost cause.