Plans are being put in place to hold a street party in Rothesay town centre as part of the national celebrations of the Queen’s 90th birthday.
The street party, which will coincide with the Patron’s Lunch taking place in The Mall in London, will take place on Sunday, June 12 - the final day of a weekend of celebrations taking place across the UK on the Queen’s official birthday.
Deputy Lieutenant of Argyll and Bute, Stewart Shaw, told us: ”The three core themes of the Patron’s Lunch are charity, celebration and community. “The charity aspect is being spearheaded by the Rotary Club of Rothesay, and they’re the overarching organising group for the event in conjunction with the lieutenancy.
“We will be supporting one of two of the Queen’s charities - still to be decided - but it will give the community the opportunity to come together, and for any organisation or local charity to raise funds for themselves.”
Guildford Square and the performance area in Montague Street will be filled with local musicians, including Rothesay and District Pipe Band, Ballianlay Choir, and Bute Community Band. Benches will also be brought out to allow visitors to take in the sights and enjoy picnic lunches should they wish to bring one along (no alcohol will be permitted, however).
Any organisation or charity wishing to get involved should contact Sue Brooks on (01700) 505801 to book a space.
Before the street party, however, there will be a special beacon-lighting ceremony on Scoulag Moor on April 21 - the day of the Queen’s actual birthday - in conjunction with Mount Stuart Trust and the Lieutenancy of Argyll.
Adam Ellis-Jones, operations director of Mount Stuart Trust, is keen to involve the community as much as possible, and to that end members of the gardening and forestry staff at Mount Stuart, members of the Rotary Club of Rothesay, and some older pupils from the XL programme at Rothesay Academy, will be building the beacon the day before the lighting ceremony.
Similar beacons will also be lit at various locations throughout the UK.
Fiona Shaw, wife of the Deputy Lieutenant, will perform the official lighting at 7.30pm, followed by a toast to the Queen with drinks supplied by Bute Brew Co and the local branch of the Co-operative.