Victorian day turns back the clock in Rothesay

Five dapper Victorian gents helped turn back the clock in Rothesay on Saturday - they are Martin Catlin, Thomas Lilley, John Lilley, Peter McDonald and Andy Walters.
Five dapper Victorian gents helped turn back the clock in Rothesay on Saturday - they are Martin Catlin, Thomas Lilley, John Lilley, Peter McDonald and Andy Walters.

The clock was turned back more than a century in Rothesay on Saturday at an event celebrating the town’s enduring Victorian heritage.

Created and run by Brandanii Archaeology and Heritage and Achievement Bute for the Rothesay Townscape Heritage Initiative, the four-hour event included a recreated Victorian parlour at Achievement Bute’s studios in the town’s Castle Street and a Rothesay Heritage Town Trail around some of the town’s older buildings.

The centrepiece of the afternoon, though, was two performances in Guildford Square by children (and grown-ups) who had spent the previous few days taking part in Achievement Bute’s Victorian Play Week in Rothesay, rehearsing a play which mixed a local story with 19th-century playground songs and entertainment and which was watched by a large and very impressed audience.