Perth's Diamond Jubilee celebrations are drawing near, and on Saturday 2nd June 2012 the Fair City will be alive with music, colour and fun for all the family to mark Her Majesty The Queen's 60 years on the throne, at the largest Jubilee celebration in Scotland, in the country's newest city.
The day begins at 11am with the 1000 Pipers Parade, a spectacle not to be missed. Over 1100 musicians from 12 countries around the world will parade and perform through Perth City Centre. The pipers, drummers and bands represent all corners of the globe from Australia to the USA and from Denmark to Pakistan and Zimbabwe, and all have made their own way to Perth for the celebration. Soldiers from 4 SCOTS (The Highlanders) and 7 SCOTS (51st Highland Volunteers Territorial Army Battalion, including The Black Watch) will march at the head of the parade.
Joining them will be more than 800 children and young people from youth organisations around Perth and Kinross, including Scouts, Guides, Beavers, Brownies, Cubs and Rainbows, parading with Diamond Jubilee flags.
The parade's route will start from the North Inch, travelling via Rose Terrace and along Atholl Street, onto Kinnoull Street and then Perth High Street, before going along St John Street and South Street to reach Tay Street, where the Lord Lieutenant of Perth and Kinross Brigadier Mel Jameson, Provost Liz Grant and Perth & Kinross Council's Chief Executive will take the salute from the military personnel and greet the musicians and young people. The Parade will then return to the North Inch for a massed pipe recital at 12.15pm to open The Big Jubilee Lunch, to which all are warmly welcomed.
Why not come and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the North Inch on Saturday afternoon between 12.30pm and 4pm? You can bring a picnic, or visit the Taste of Perthshire Food Court which will offer deliciously diverse local food and drink from Hugh Grierson, The Wee Pie Company, Stewart Tower Dairy, Willows, Jim Fairlie, Bon Appetit, Tabla Indian Restaurant, Seriously Good Venison and Lovsushi. For adults, there will also be a beer tent offering refreshing pints of Scottish beers including ales from the Perth-based Inveralmond Brewery.
For youngsters under ten years old, The Big Jubilee Children's Fun Area will be the place to be for free fun with slides, bouncy castles, face painting, balloon modelling and a special dedicated play area for under-threes.
Perth Farmers' Market will also be on in King Edward Street from 9am to 2pm, offering fantastic food and drink from local producers, alongside music in the city centre from Perth Rock Choir, The Fair City Singers and The Gordon Duncan Experience Celtic Big Band, Tai Chi demonstrations and performances by a local Majorettes troupe.
At 2pm, the Perth Kilt Run will attempt to break the world record for the most kilted runners, currently held by the Fair City's twin town of Perth, Ontario. The five mile/eight kilometre course spans from the North Inch to the South Inch and back via Tay Street and runners will be raising money for ABF The Soldiers Charity and PKAVS.
Throughout the afternoon, The Big Jubilee Lunch will feature performances of music, song and dance from local children and young people on the North Inch, from the Cool Schools Samba Band to the Jambouree Choir and the Perth & Kinross Big Band, culminating in a massed performance of Highland Cathedral at 4pm, followed by a special Spitfire flypast.
If you're planning to come and help celebrate the Diamond Jubilee in Perth, please use public transport wherever possible – it is anticipated that Perth will be busier than usual and a number of roads will be closed during the day while the 1000 Pipers Parade and the Perth Kilt Run take place. Anyone who is coming by car is encouraged use the Broxden Park and Ride facility, which will be free of charge on Saturday 2nd June.
Picnickers should not bring barbecues to the North Inch, and no alcohol will be permitted except in the licensed area at the beer tent. With the potential for hot weather at the weekend, make sure you have water and suncream with you. If you're with your family or in a group, ensure you stick together. Facilities for first aid and lost children will be provided on the North Inch.
Provost Liz Grant said: “Perth & Kinross Council would like to thank everyone involved in the organisation of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Day Celebrations in Perth, and particularly the day's sponsors, The Famous Grouse, Run 4 It, Highland Spring and Scotloo. I hope residents and visitors alike will come out and join in the fun in the city centre and on the North Inch, and make this a very special day of celebration.”
For more information about Perth's Diamond Jubilee events this weekend, please call 01738 475000, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go online to www.pkc.gov.uk and follow the 'Diamond Jubilee celebrations' link.