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Parade and Tree Planting at Tain

On Monday 4 June the Lord Lieutenant, Mrs Janet Bowen, took the salute made presentations and planted a Jubilee tree at 'A Right Royal Occasion', an event in Tain to mark The Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

The events were interleaved between a service of thanksgiving led by Mrs Susan Brown, Chaplain to the Queen, including the hymns Immortal Invisible, To God be the Glory and the National Anthem.

The Lord Lieutenant then, in response to an appropriate citation read out by local councillors Alastair Rhind and Fiona Robertson, made the Diamond Jubilee Awards (which followed the Golden Jubilee awards ten years ago) to six people who had been nominated by the people of Tain for their exceptional services to their community.

Mrs Bowen then took the salute as the bands and parade moved off.

She then moved to the Jubilee Garden and planted a tree to mark the occasion.

Events continued with a street party with Gizzen Briggs and Capercaillie

Parade and Tree Planting at Tain

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Jubilee Service at Tain

Mrs Bowen, Lord Lieutenant for Ross and Cromarty attended a church service in Tain on Sunday 3 June to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Before the service Councillor Alastair Rhind spoke movingly of the example, service and inspiration of the Queen over the last 60 years. During the service, led by Rev David Cartledge, these themes were echoed and amplified.

During the service the Tain Singers sang four pieces: 'Cross the wide Missouri, Anthem from Chess, You raise me up, and the Clare Benediction.

Jubilee Service at Tain

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Posted by the Lieutenancy on 07/06/2012

Strathpeffer Street Party

Mrs Bowen, Lord Lieutenant of Ross and Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh, attended the Strathpeffer Street Party and received 'the Queen' on behalf of the community (of which Mrs Bowen is a member).

The day was the culmination of much planning and blessed with fine weather. The consequence was a large turnout, with attendees converging on the Pavilion Band Stand from three different directions, each being led by a piper.

Free tea, coffee and ice creams helped events along.

Mrs Bowen had wisely delegated the judging of the cake competition to Lady Cromartie and Lady Macdonald, and the judging of the best representation of the Queen on a paper plate by all classes of Strathpeffer primary School to Mrs Val Moffat. The entries were a joy to behold and some are pictured in the attached picture galleries.

The 'Queen' arrived in a distinctly non regal trailer and was welcomed by Mrs Bowen, and a good time was had by all.

Mrs Bowen has written to the Ross-shire Journal about events such as these as follows:

Dear Sir

May I use your columns to express my admiration and thanks to all those who volunteered in whatever way to make the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations so special in Ross-shire and in Skye. I know that events like these take an enormous amount of hard work.

I have perhaps had an unfair share of the variety of ways people have made these days so special, but from Portree in the west to Tain in the east communities have made the commitment to celebrate the sixty years of service that the Queen has given to us, and have done so in great style.

I have enjoyed massed bands, country dancing, many static displays, cream teas, traditional music, pop music, a number of visits from ‘the Queen’, and the blessing of new colours for the Seaforth Highlanders.

Everywhere I have been met with happiness and a new sense of community and sharing, and a frequently expressed desire ‘to do this again’. So, we must!

But perhaps the most poignant moments have been at church services where the true essence of the Queen has been spoken of in a variety of ways. Truly we have much to be grateful for, and much to celebrate. The Queen has said that we should look to the future with clear heads and warm hearts, and from all I can see Ross-shire and Skye are doing just that.

Yours sincerely,

Janet Bowen
Lord Lieutenant

Strathpeffer Street Party

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Posted by the Lieutenancy on 07/06/2012

Seaforth Highlander Association: New Colours

The Lord Lieutenant for Ross and Cromarty, Mrs Janet Bowen, attended St Clement's Church, Dingwall on Sunday 3 June, for the blessing of the new colours for the Seaforth Highlanders Association.

The service was led by the Rev Russel Smith and the Rev Ivan Warwick. The service sheet is included in the pictures of the parade.

In addition to members of the Association and the British Legion the Church Parade was also supported by a wide range of bodies including the Scout and Guiding movement.

Mrs Bowen took the salute at the British Legion and was entertained by them.

Seaforth Highlander Association: New Colours

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Posted by the Lieutenancy on 07/06/2012

Massed Bands in Portree for the Jubilee

Mrs Janet Bowen, Lord Lieutenant for Ross and Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh, escorted by Donald Nicolson and Jerry Smith of the British Legion, took the salute before the massed pipe and drum bands of Isle of Skye, Uist, Lochaber and Scottish Power, in Portree on Saturday 2 June, on the first day of the celebrations for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

The day was favoured with brilliant sunshine, and a great turnout.

Senior Drum Major Peter MacDonald and Senior Pipe Major Alan MacKenzie led the Isle of Skye drummers and pipers.

Pipe Major Colin Gordon led the Uist pipers and Pipe Major Moira Robertson (from Portree) led the Lochaber pipers.

Dancers came from Dannsaran an t-Eilean Sgaitheanach under the instruction of Mrs Karen Campbell.

The Army Cadet Force were under the command of Jamie Johnston.

And finally, but by no means least, the Scottish International Drum Major Display Team under the direction of Drum Major Billy Jordan of the Scottish Powe Pipe Band, accompanied by brothers Liam and Kevin Renton, together with eight year old Rowan Murdoch from Alexandria from Campbelton, displayed marching and mace throwing skills.

At the Camanachd Square there were displays of piping, dancing, and drumming, whilst in the static area there were sales, exhibitions of old cars and much else. Jubilee decorated cream teas were on sale in the hall.

But the highlight of the day was the march down to the Square and the salute. The photos in the gallery show the story.

Massed Bands in Portree for the Jubilee

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Posted by the Lieutenancy on 02/06/2012

Lord Lieutenant and Ulla

When the Lieutenancy of Ross and Cromarty was asked to send a boat to the Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames to be held on Sunday 3 June, it was immediately clear that the area with its strong maritime links should send a strong delegation.

The original plan was to send the Nigg ferry, but contractual problems (the ferry would have to be away for several days) and finally the ferry's height (it wouldn't fit under the bridges at high tide) put an end to that. But in the meantime a better solution was developing, and on Thursday, Mrs Bowen, Lord Lieutenant, waved off Ulla, a girl powered (but man made) skiff from Ullapool.

The picture shows Ulla, with Caberfeidh at the bows and clear identification on the side, with saltires on the oars, all so that the Queen may clearly recognise her in the throng, on her trolley about to depart.

Carriage of Ulla to London (and back!) is in the safe hands of Fraser Hutchinson and his crew.

Deputy Lieutenant Donald Kennedy who has masterminded the project will greet the boat and crew in London and is charged with a proper photographic record, so watch this space!

Lord Lieutenant and Ulla

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Posted by the Lieutenancy on 31/05/2012

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