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PICTURES: Duff House event concludes Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations in Banff and Macduff


By Kyle Ritchie

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Hundreds of people marked Banff and Macduff's conclusion of its Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations at Duff House on Sunday.

The Picnic in the Park was the culmination of four days of events in the twin towns.

These included town crier proclamations; lighting of the beacons; youth uniformed organisations visiting care homes and sheltered housing complexes; and a Play in the Park event for children on Saturday.

At the event on Sunday it commenced with school pupils from Macduff meeting their counterparts at Banff Bridge and they paraded to Duff House.

Lord Lieutenant of Banffshire Andrew Simpson addressed the crowd, who had brought their own camping chairs and picnics, before the programme of music started.

Beyond Boyndie Trio were the first band on stage and entertained with a number of songs.

They were followed by the Banff Castle Pipe Band which played a number of tunes including Highland Cathedral.

The Mary Aiken Dancers were up next who carried out a display of Highland dancing.

Compere and one of the organisers Rob McArthur then asked the large audience to stand for God Save The Queen, which was performed by the Banff Castle Pipe Band. Deputy Lieutenant of Banffshire Frances McKay also addressed the audience.

The Deveron Singers then entertained with a number of songs including A Life Lived With Grace, which was written specially for the Platinum Jubilee.

The group's leader, Irene Watt, then played a few songs on the harp and was accompanied by her husband Graham.

The Audrey Watt Dancers were next to perform and they danced to a number of tunes including the Neil Diamond classic Sweet Caroline, which also got the crowd involved.

Macduff Primary School Choir sang a number of songs including ABBA's Dancing Queen.

Finally, the event was closed by the Banff Academy Traditional Band with soloists and the group performing trad tunes.

In Duff House itself, Banff Preservation and Heritage Society organised a display which honoured The Queen.

The events in Banff and Macduff kicked-off on Thursday when town crier Councillor Mark Findlater made the announcements at Macduff Harbour and then at the Plainstones in Banff.

Later in the evening the beacons were lit during ceremonies at Banff Academy and Macduff War Memorial.

On Friday the uniformed youth organisations visited local care homes and sheltered housing complexes to help residents celebrate the occasion.

Saturday had a Play in the Park event for children and their families at the Duff House playing fields, which was an afternoon of fun, games, magic and music.

Meanwhile, Banff Academy pupils released a video to celebrate The Queen's Platinum Jubilee, which takes a look back at some significant events from the last 70 years. It can be viewed below:


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