Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Scots enjoy Diamond Jubilee events

Five-year-old Amelia Paris (seated) with mother Lisa swinging her sister Elizabeth at a street party on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh

Celebrations to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee are continuing across Scotland.

At the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, the Queen's official Scottish residence, tables were adorned with Union flag cloths for a picnic held in the grounds. It attracted around 100 people, including families and tourists with packed lunches.

A large-screen television broadcast the pageant being held on the River Thames in London. Under cloudy skies, but with no rain, a small but steady stream of people enjoyed the extra entertainment laid on as part of the weekend celebrations.

About 100 official street parties were held in Scotland, and a third of those were in Edinburgh. In the city's Murrayfield Avenue, about 400 people attended a street party, which boasted Champagne, cake and a barbecue.

The street was decked out in red, white and blue as people took the opportunity to celebrate the Queen's 60 years on the throne. Some of the partygoers got into the patriotic spirit by dying their hair red and blue, while others had their faces painted with the Union flag.

Elsewhere in the capital, an afternoon tea was held on the Royal Mile. Guests were encourage to "raise a cuppa to Her Majesty" as they took part in the celebrations.

In Aberdeen's Duthie Park, a free family concert was staged, followed by a tea party.

The concert included the world premiere of the Aberdeen Anthem, which was gifted to the city by Professor in Composition Paul Mealor at the University of Aberdeen to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Throughout the weekend, Scotland's national aquarium, Deep Sea World, in North Queensferry, Fife, encouraged its younger visitors to "become royalty for the day" by wearing their own homemade crown or tiara.

Sloans Bar and Restaurant in Glasgow lined up a number of events over the jubilee weekend, including a tea party and barbecue. Five of Scotland's top chefs took part in the Great British Feast event at Monachyle Mhor Hotel in Perthshire.

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