The final preparations are being made for Aboyne to join in the national celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
The whole community has been invited to the event, to be held on Aboyne Green on Sunday, June 3. Some 1,300 specially-printed invitations have been delivered by volunteers throughout the village and surrounding area.
A number of community groups and organisations have joined Mid Deeside Community Council and Mid Deeside Limited in planning the event, including the academy and primary school, the Scouts, Guides, Rotary and Probus.
The party will start at noon with the Aboyne Academy Pipe Band and the fancy dress parade. The theme for the fancy dress is kings And queens and is open to all children up to P7.
The best dressed will release the balloons, the culmination of the whole party, at about pm.
There will also be a prize for the best dressed gazebo on the day.
A series of games and fun sports will run during the afternoon, planned by young people in the village, and there will be live music throughout the afternoon.
Community council chairma Mick Mallett said: “We are really pleased with the musical programme and the way people have offered to perform at the event.
“Andy Linklater and fellow musicians will be playing Scottish music, Pandy Arthur will be singing and we will be welcoming Umami, the jazz band from Deeside, during the afternoon. The event will be compered by Frieda Morrison and Wilson Forbes.”
Pupils from Aboyne Primary School have also entered the spirit of the celebration; a display of their art work and poems will be on show in the Masonic Hall during the day, together with old photographs of Aboyne.
The children are also making bunting for the party. Jubilee medals will be given to all children up to P7.
The party will close with a whole village Orcadian Strip the Willow, an attempt to set a Deeside record for the numbers joining in, followed by the release of balloons.
Chairman of Mid Deeside Limited, Peter Argyle, said: “This will be a free event and we are very grateful to the support from a wide range of businesses and individuals in Aboyne as well as the sponsorship we have received from the Charlton Park Residents’ Association, Miller Plant Hire, BAA Aberdeen, Taqa and Stagecoach.
“This is a unique occasion, the first Diamond Jubilee since 1897 and a time for the whole community to come together on the Green, which itself has been at the heart of the village for some 350 years.
“Our plans for restoring and conserving the Jubilee Fountain are also moving forward.
“The organisers look forward to welcoming everyone to the party. Just bring your own picnic and come along!”