Dalvenie enjoys Royal celebration party

Back row: Jean Laws, left, Irene Bothwell. Front: Hilda Dewar, Jimmy Valentine, Betty Forbes, Margaret Mutch.
Back row: Jean Laws, left, Irene Bothwell. Front: Hilda Dewar, Jimmy Valentine, Betty Forbes, Margaret Mutch.

Six tenants of Banchory’s Dalvenie Gardens very sheltered housing scheme had a special reason for joining in the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations.

For they all reach the same milestone as the monarch at various stages this year.

Six tenants are 90 this year so we thought that because it was the Queen’s 90th we would do a joint celebration

Fiona Massie Dalvenie Co-ordinator

And the red carpet was rolled out on Friday for Jean Laws, Irene Bothwell, Hilda Dewar, Jimmy Valentine, Betty Forbes and Margaret Mutch as staff, tenants and visitors joined in their birthday festivities.

Entertainment was laid on for the 90-year-olds including singing, poetry reading and accordion playing.

The afternoon fun, complete with Royal decorations, cards and balloons, was rounded off with a birthday cake and a singalong.

Dalvenie Gardens co-ordinator Fiona Massie said: “We usually try to organise some entertainment on a Friday and we have the six tenants who are 90 this year so we thought that because it was the Queen’s 90th, even although it was a day later, we would do a joint celebration.

“It is quite an achievement to have six in one establishment who are 90 in the same year.”

Jimmy Valentine, a Dalvenie tenant for about a year, thoroughly enjoyed the occasion.

Jimmy, a retired farmer from Finzean, said: “Everyone here is so friendly and the staff went out of their way to make it a great afternoon.

“It was nice to have a wee celebration at the same time as the Queen.”

Meanwhile, other events have been taking place throughout Deeside to mark Her Majesty’s 90th.

Braemar Castle has been organsing crown-making for youngsters and for adults, a hunt for 90 facts about the Queen.

Simon Blackett, from the Braemar Castle team, said: “We’re looking forward to hosting mini-princesses (and princes) and seeing the crowns our visitors come up with.

“We thought it would be fun to challenge the adults too. Queen Elizabeth has reigned now for almost 63 years and we want to see just how much people know about the Queen’s long reign with 90 facts about her life distributed around the castle.”

The castle is open from 10am to 5pm Wednesdays to Sundays with free-crown making kits available for young visitors.