It’s time for a Royal party on Deeside

Rev David Barr, one of the organisers, referees the tug o war competition .
Rev David Barr, one of the organisers, referees the tug o war competition .

Deeside played its part in the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations at the weekend.

Ballater staged a Royal street party attended by hundreds of people.

Villagers and residents entered into the spirit of the occasion, some wearing crowns and tiaras.

The event was aimed at bringing the community together for a day of fun and to put memories of the damage caused by Storm Frank at the end of last year firmly in the past.

Rev David Barr, one of the organising team, said the party had achieved its objective.

He told the Piper: “It was absolutely fantastic.

“We had 400-500 people during the day and a couple of hundred were still there in the evening.

“Everyone enjoyed themselves and a big thank-you is due to all those who contributed to the success of the party.”

The event on the Green had been called a Happy Birthday Ma’am “knees-up” and it lived up to its billing.

There were picnics, a bouncy castle, children’s games, competitions, live music and family karaoke.

One reveller said: “It was a terrific day and the atmosphere was great.

“It was a great idea to get local folk and visitors together after all the problems the village has been through.”

Meanwhile, in Braemar, a street party with traditional Royal bunting was held at venue of the annual games.

It was one of the many “patrons lunch” events organised through out the UK and the Commonwealth to mark the Queen’s official 90th birthday.