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Bonfires at Insch and Culsalmond launched four days of celebrations which attracted record crowds to the village


By Pat Scott

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Four days of events marked the Queen's Platinum Jubilee in Insch.

From pop up pizzas to Gangsta Granny themed escape rooms and more traditional ceilidhs and concerts the community got behind every one, making many of them sell out events.

The climax of the weekend was the Friends of Insch Hospital strawberry fayre and a crowd of around 3000 attended in a show of solidarity for the community facility.

Events kicked off on Thursday evening when Adam Johnston lit a beacon on Dunnydeer Hill and a union jack flag was placed in the hill fort.

A Union Jack flies on the Dunnydeer Hill Fort.
A Union Jack flies on the Dunnydeer Hill Fort.

The Dunydeer Hill race returned as a key feature of the Strawberry Fayre and attracted a good entry.

A warm welcome for runners in the Dunnydeer Hill Race.
A warm welcome for runners in the Dunnydeer Hill Race.

Julie McWilliam a member of the organising group in Insch said that everything from kids entertainment to concerts and ceilidhs in the marquee had been exceptionally well attended with the sunshine drawing people out.

Camilla, the Duchess of York, aka Frances Macdonald, dropped in to the jubilee celebrations in Insch.
Camilla, the Duchess of York, aka Frances Macdonald, dropped in to the jubilee celebrations in Insch.
The busy scene at the Strawberry Fayre in Insch.
The busy scene at the Strawberry Fayre in Insch.
The Crynoch Ceilidh Band at Insch.
The Crynoch Ceilidh Band at Insch.
Dancers from the Brenda Gordon School.
Dancers from the Brenda Gordon School.

Nearby at Culsalmond, the Community Association hosted a jubilee bonfire on Hill of Tillymorgan lit by the parish's oldest resident Florence Shepherd.

Florence Shepherd lights the Hill of Tillymorgan bonfire, watched by Greg Manning.
Florence Shepherd lights the Hill of Tillymorgan bonfire, watched by Greg Manning.

Piper Cameron Hunter played and a fanfare was sounded by Dave Cannell before the crowd of a round 70 sang the God save The Queen and gave three sheers to Her Majesty.


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