Diamond jubilee fever is to hit Deeside and Donside in the coming days, as parties, picnics and gatherings are held to celebrate 60 years since Queen Elizabeth II came to the throne.
Bunting and flags bedeck countless towns and villages and shop windows are brightly adorned with a red, white and blue theme, as patriotic locals get ready to celebrate the bumper Bank holiday weekend.
In Banchory, jubilee celebrations are linking in with the annual St Ternan Fair on Saturday and Sunday (June 2 and 3).
On Monday (June 4), a programme of events will run from 10am, including jubilee teas at Banchory Scout hut, games from 1952 and the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Scolty Tower renovation.
At 7.30pm, there will be a flags procession, to which people can take their own Union Jack flag and join in the flag waving.
From 8pm to 10pm, there will be entertainment in the park – fire juggling, food and barbecue stalls, pipe bands and performances by local bands.
And at 10.26pm, the lighting of the diamond jubilee beacon will take place at the summit of Scolty.
Celebrations take place on Aboyne Green on Sunday, June 3. Their party starts at noon with the Aboyne Academy Pipe Band and a fancy dress parade, on the theme of Kings and Queens. A series of fun sports and games will run in the afternoon and jubilee medals will be given to all children upto P7.
There will be live music throughout the afternoon, including Pandy Arthur and Andy Linklater. The party will close with a whole village Orcadian Strip the Willow - an attempt to set a Deeside record for the most people taking part.
A jubilee family picnic is to be held on The Green, Ballater, from noon on Monday, June 4. There will be a prize for the best-dressed picnic as well as stalls, a hog roast, street drummers, a drumming workshop and pipe band.
There will also be a children’s funfair and activities. From 7pm to 11pm, a family ceilidh takes place at the Victoria Hall, with music by Rob McCombie. Tickets are £3 and £2 for the U16s.
Red, white and blue is the theme for Braemar’s jubilee street party, with a prize for the most original outfit in the colours of the Union Jack. Organised by the community council, the party will be held in the grounds of St Andrew’s Church from 3pm on Monday (June 4).
People are invited to take their own picnic or enjoy burgers and sausages from the barbecue, followed by strawberries and cream. There will be live music, stalls, games and face painting. Souvenir mugs, sponsored by Braemar Royal Highland Society will be presented to Braemar schoolchildren.
The Drumoak-Durris community has organised a diamond jubilee community fayre from 4pm to 6pm on Sunday, June 3, at Drumoak Church Hall, and a Songs of Praise with the City of Roses Chorus at 6pm in Drumoak Church.
There will be 1950s style stalls, commemorative bunting, afternoon tea, memorabilia and floral displays.
Torphins residents will celebrate on Saturday, June 2. Residents can meet at the Queen Victoria Fountain at 2.30pm for a jubilee walk to the west end of the public park, starting at 3pm. The walk will be led by a piper and at the park, proceedings will begin with the unveiling of the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Stone, which will be draped by the Union Jack. The unveiling will be done by the laird, Thomas Innes, of Learney.
People can take their own picnics and teas and coffees will be served. There will be games in the park and a jubilee crown competition for children.
Jubilee celebrations will be held from 2.30pm on Saturday, June 2, in the Square and MacRobert Hall, Tarland.
There will be a children’s fancy dress parade, led by the Towie Pipe Band; cutting of the jubilee cake at 3pm with free teas until 5pm; a concert with Paul Anderson & Friends at 3.15pm; The grand jubilee duck race on the Tarland Burn at 5pm; Children’s celebration disco from 6pm to 7.30pm and at 8.30pm a celebration ceilidh with Danse Macabre.
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Pupils at Alford Academy have made bunting to decorate the village’s Main Street. Everyone is invited to attend a jubilee village picnic at Alford’s Haughton Park, at 1pm on Sunday, June 3, led by Donside Community Council. Family-friendly activities are planned with a programme featuring performances, games and activities to suit all ages.
Instead of a traditional street party, the community of Crathie will host a ‘field party’ in the field adjacent to Crathie Opportunity Holidays and the Tourist Information Centre.
The public are encouraged to take a picnic to the event which has been organised by Crathie Church and supported by Crathie Opportunity Holidays and Crathie School. There will be stalls and a barbecue on site, face painting, a bouncy castle, children’s races, country dancing and competitions.
Crathie Opportunity Holidays, which provides holiday accommodation for people with disabilities, will give a tour of Gairn Cottage at 3pm. The event will run from 1pm to 4pm on Sunday, June 3, and there will be a service at Crathie Kirk at 4.30pm, to which all are invited.
A huge community event to celebrate the jubilee will be held in the grounds of St Devenick’s Church, Bieldside, from 4.30pm on Sunday, June 3, into the evening.