In Pictures: Rothesay street party for Queen’s 90th birthday

Spectators enjoying their picnic in Guildford Square.
Spectators enjoying their picnic in Guildford Square.

Rothesay’s Guildford Square was a hive of activity on Sunday afternoon at a street party in celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday.

The rain stayed away for the duration - unlike the scenes at London’s street party - and made for a fantastic afternoon of entertainment and celebration.

Officially opened by Lord Lieutenant of Argyll and Bute, Patrick Stewart MBE, who arrived at the square in a horse-drawn carriage courtesy of John McMillan and family, there was something for everyone at the special event. Depute Lieutenant, Stewart Shaw, who organised the street party, offered a warm welcome to all the visitors and wished them a very happy afternoon.

Highlights from the day included music from The Red Hearted Vibes, Layla Templeton, Beth Swan, Bute Community Band, Bute Ceilidh Band, Ballianlay Choir, and Rothesay and District Pipe Band, which showcased to visitors the enormous wealth of musical talent the island can boast.

There was a taste of Scottish culture with Highland dancers from the Anne McIlroy School of Dance wowing the crowds with their delicate footwork.

Light Up Bute’s bouncy castle kept young party-goers happy, and various island charities took the opportunity to do some fund-raising with stalls around the square.

MCs Douglas ‘Big Dougie’ Lyle and Jim Bicker kept visitors informed of all that was going on while they enjoyed their picnic lunches.

To see photos from the day click on the link above.