Bute joins in royal wedding celebrations

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STREET parties to celebrate Friday’s royal wedding may be rather thin on the ground in Scotland, but the royal heritage of Bute has ensured the island isn’t short of celebrations to mark the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton – the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Children’s parties at local schools on Thursday were followed by more festivities on the day itself, with St Andrew’s Primary, Rothesay Primary, Apple Tree Nursery and Bute Pre-5 Centre joined by ‘grown-up’ parties at the Thomson Court day centre and residential home and Ferfadd Court in Rothesay on Friday.

We also visited a garden party held by Rothesay resident Carolynn Stirling at her home in the town’s Ardbeg Road – where, despite the cancellation of plans to hold the event in a marquee because of strong winds, more than a dozen ladies dressed in their wedding finery, determined to enjoy the day to the full.

“My mum put on a garden party for Charles and Diana’s wedding 30 years ago,” Carolyn told us, “and I can still remember everything about it, so I wanted to do something special to mark the occasion.

“I do enjoy a royal event – they’re a really lovely couple.”

The Union flag was flown from atop Rothesay Pavilion and from homes, cars and vans throughout the island on Friday - demonstrating that the ‘home turf’ of the Duke of Rothesay still knows how to throw a great royal party.