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WATCH: Big crowd turns out for music, dance and beacon lighting spectacle in Huntly to mark the start of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Year


By Pat Scott

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EVENTS to mark the start of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee year got off to a great start in Huntly.

In the region of 500 people gathered in The Square to listen to Huntly Pipe Band and watch a display by dancers from the Jessiman School.

A parade, led by the pipe band and comprising a flag bearer with the town's coat of arms flag, ex servciemen, youth organisations and the fire service followed by a long procession of members of the public then made its way down Castle Avenue to Huntly Castle.

Huntly Pipe Band leads the parade to light the beacon at Huntly Castle.Picture: Becky Saunderson.
Huntly Pipe Band leads the parade to light the beacon at Huntly Castle.Picture: Becky Saunderson.

A sound and light show from Standing Ovation was followed by more pipe music and the playing of the specially composed jubilee tune, Diu Regnare, Long to Reign.

The 2021 Citizen of the year, Ian Little then lit the specially bought, commemorative beacon to cheers from the crowd.

Ian Little lights the Huntly beacon. Picture: Becky Saunderson.
Ian Little lights the Huntly beacon. Picture: Becky Saunderson.

Events in Huntly continue on Saturday with an expanded Farmer's Market, craft fair and entertainment into the afternoon.

The Brander Library will be open from 10am to 1pm with a display of 1952 and 1953 archive material from The Huntly Express.


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