Formartine Jubilee celebrations

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ENTHUSIASTIC royalists across Formartine turned out in force over the weekend to celebrate 60 years of rule from Queen Elizabeth, with street parties, parades and community events.

Pupils at Methlick Primary School hosted a special ‘Jubilee Tea Party’ attended by parents and friends, while the Natioanl Trust at Haddo House have planted a special ‘Jubilee Garden’ in the shadow of two trees planted by Queen Victoria to commemorate the event.

Speaking to the Times, Methlick Headmistress Alison Reid said: “The pupils have had a busy day making cards and bunting, and taking part in jubilee themed activities. The Parents Council have also organised a super tea party, and money raised will go towards our reading programme and to fund school trip costs.”

Tipperty School hosted a garden party and concert and a good turnout of family and friends applauded a varied programme of events. One of the highlights was a special Jubilee jig produced for the occasion by Jim Stott.

Head teacher Lorna Dawson said: “We’ve had a great day and fortunately the weather was kind to us. I’d like to thank everyone who was involved in making it such a special day.”

During the celebrations, events ranging from street parties, parades, the lighting of beacons, tree planting, to barbecues, fetes and ceilidhs, took place throughout Aberdeenshire.