‘Enthusiasm’ for Jubilee celebration in Aboyne

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A public meeting hosted by Mid Deeside Community Council and Mid Deeside Limited in Aboyne last week showed there was considerable enthusiasm in the village for a community celebration to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

There was a good attendance at the meeting, in the Victory Hall, and a number of ideas were discussed, both for activities over the Jubilee holiday weekend and for permanent memorials to the milestone.

Mick Mallett, vice chairman of the community council, said: “There was a clear feeling that children should play a major part in any celebration, perhaps with fancy dress or family sports on the Green.

“Other options included an event in the Station Square, which would be convenient for residents of Bonty Court. It was felt that whatever takes place, it should be open to everyone - a real community occasion.”

Peter Argyle, chairman of Mid Deeside Limited, added: “Although the main focus will probably be on a community celebration, there is also a feeling that some sort of lasting memorial would be appropriate.

“A number of projects were mentioned, ranging from tree planting to installing a bridge across the Tarland Burn between Low Road and the Bell Wood, or restoring the fountain beside the Green.”

A second meeting has been arranged for 7.30pm on Wednesday, February 22, in the Victory Hall. Both community organisations are issuing a warm invitation to people involved in young people’s groups, residents’ associations or anyone who would like to assist in developing these suggestions, to go along.

The Piper reported last week how St Ternan’s Fair in Banchory would mark its 10th anniversary the same weekend by celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, culminating in a special event.

To mark 60 years of the Queen’s reign, the Diamond Jubilee celebrations will centre around an extended weekend, on June 2, 3, 4 and 5 2012.

The Queen came to the throne on February 6 1952 and her coronation took place on June 2 1953.

She celebrated her Silver Jubilee (25 years) in 1977 and her Golden Jubilee (50 years) in 2002.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will be visiting England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in 2012 to mark her Diamond Jubilee. Other members of the Royal Family will also travel throughout the United Kingdom and overseas this year.