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VIRTUAL celebration: A trip down Clavie memory lane tonight


By Chris Saunderson

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THE traditional start to 2021 in Burghead cannot take place tonight because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Clavie burns upon Doorie Hill. The village of Burghead welcomes in the 2020 New Year on January 11, 2020 with their traditional Burning of the Clavie Celebration. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
The Clavie burns upon Doorie Hill. The village of Burghead welcomes in the 2020 New Year on January 11, 2020 with their traditional Burning of the Clavie Celebration. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

The Burning of the Clavie is steeped in history and is a community celebration which attracts attention all around the world.

Thousands of people normally descend on the coastal village each year to mark the start of the new year.

The Clavie Crew carry the burning barrel through the streets to the Doorie Hill where the flames light up the night sky.

In celebration of the Clavie, the Grampian Online newspapers will post a picture gallery of Clavie celebrations through the decades at 6pm tonight - the moment when the barrel would have been lit and started to make its way around the village.

Sadly there will be no scenes like last year in Burghead tonight but you can enjoy Clavie pictures from down the years at 6pm on The Northern Scot website. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
Sadly there will be no scenes like last year in Burghead tonight but you can enjoy Clavie pictures from down the years at 6pm on The Northern Scot website. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

There will be memories from the 1950s right through to the present day.

And we will have the thoughts of Clavie King Dan Ralph


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