Island’s jubilee celebrations under way

Pupils at St Andrew's Primary held a diamond jubilee party on Friday.
Pupils at St Andrew's Primary held a diamond jubilee party on Friday.

BUTE’s diamond jubilee celebrations began with parties at Rothesay’s primary schools on Friday - while the programme of events to mark the Queen’s 60 years on the throne continues throughout the holiday weekend.

Pupils at St Andrew’s Primary and Rothesay Primary let their hair down on Friday afternoon with ‘street parties’ in the school hall and the playground, while North Bute Primary in Port Bannatyne is a big player in the village’s celebrations on Sunday.

The Port’s ‘bring your own picnic’ street party runs between 12 noon and 3pm on Sunday, with stalls, teas, face painting, fun and games and entertainment from the pupils of North Bute Primary School in the village.

Also on Sunday, there’s a Big Jubilee Lunch and afternoon celebration at Colintraive village hall, with entertainment including live music from the Mossy River Band, a raffle, a charity slave auction and a pageant featuring children aged under 12 in ‘kings and queens’ fancy dress.

Meanwhile, a day of regal activities at Mount Stuart on Monday runs from 10am onwards and includes a Big 60 Scavenger Hunt, Golden Map Tours and even night-time tours of the house - see ad on page 13 of this issue for more details.

Mount Stuart’s jubilee celebrations will conclude at 10pm with the lighting of a bonfire in the grounds in conjunction with the lighting of 2,012 beacons across the UK and the Commonwealth.

Then, on Tuesday, the children of Apple Tree Nursery in Rothesay will combine their diamond jubilee party on with their very own Olympic torch relay through the town.