Platinum jubilee joy – Kintyre celebrates Queen’s 70-year reign

Ladies enjoying the Burnside Bar’s royal tea party.
Ladies enjoying the Burnside Bar’s royal tea party.

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While Southend led Kintyre’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, schools and villages across the area held their own smaller gatherings to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s 70-year reign.

Union Flags flew on Campbeltown’s Main Street in honour of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Union Flags flew on Campbeltown’s Main Street in honour of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

From school fêtes, parties and tree-planting to afternoon teas for senior citizens, the Queen’s historic platinum jubilee was marked by people of all ages.

The weather could not have been better, with many celebrations taking place outside, in glorious sunshine, last week.

In Clachan, villagers enjoyed a right royal occasion at an alfresco afternoon tea organised by the Clachan Village Hall board.

The extensive spread of food on offer, donated by those attending, was enjoyed as much as the chat and laughter that took place in the wonderful sunshine.

The weather was ideal for Clachan's alfresco afternoon tea.
The weather was ideal for Clachan’s alfresco afternoon tea.

Entertainment was provided by the Dunskeig Singers, accompanied by Julius Weeks on the keyboard, and all joined in singing a wide selection of patriotic songs from all the nations of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

The competition for the best jubilee hat or crown was won by Elizabeth Ball, with second place going to Julie Griffiths. The children’s ‘portrait of the Queen’ prize was won by Arianna Gilchrist.

Elizabeth Ball, right, won the competition for the best jubilee hat, with Julie Griffiths, left, runner up. The children's 'portrait of the Queen' prize was won by Arianna Gilchrist.
Elizabeth Ball, right, won the competition for the best jubilee hat, with Julie Griffiths, left, runner up. The children’s ‘portrait of the Queen’ prize was won by Arianna Gilchrist.

As the afternoon drew to a close, all joined together in singing the national anthem in tribute and gratitude to Her Majesty.

‘Thank you to everyone who worked to make it such a wonderful day,’ said a village hall spokesperson.

Over on Gigha, residents enjoyed an afternoon tea in the village hall which was resplendently decked out in British flags and jubilee bunting.

Hannah Storie, who works for Shopper-Aide on Gigha and continues to host the afternoon teas and quizzes that the senior citizens’ charity began during lockdown, was the main organiser of the island’s jubilee celebrations.

Among the sweet treats on offer was a huge Union Flag cake and a lemon Swiss roll and amaretti trifle – the official Platinum Jubilee pudding.

‘I wanted to organise an event that was about getting everyone together, young, old and everyone in between,’ she said.

‘It was lovely to have a blether over some amazing sandwiches and cakes – a huge thank you to the bakers and sandwich-makers; they did an amazing job!

‘It was lovely to have our Shopper-Aide quiz group together.’

Kintyre’s schools held various activities and celebrations to mark the occasion before enjoying their bonus jubilee break from school.

At Castlehill, each class held its own party and the pupil council created a lasting memory by planting two apples trees in the school grounds.

At Rhunahaorine, a whole afternoon of events was organised to celebrate the jubilee, including games, quizzes, songs and refreshments.

Each child, including those in the early learning centre, was given a commemorative 50p coin, and each schoolchild was given a penny or halfpenny dated 1952, the year the Queen was crowned.

In Campbeltown itself, Campbeltown Community Council handed out hundreds of afternoon tea boxes to the town’s senior citizens and the Burnside Bar held a royal tea party and raised £150 for the Mairi Semple Cancer Fund.

Joining convener Valerie Nimmo, centre, to hand out Campbeltown Community Council’s afternoon tea boxes were Una Baker, right, and her daughter Valerie MacKay, left, with sons Millar and Murray.
Joining convener Valerie Nimmo, centre, to hand out Campbeltown Community Council’s afternoon tea boxes were Una Baker, right, and her daughter Valerie MacKay, left, with sons Millar and Murray.

Jane MacLeod, the Lord-Lieutenant of Argyll and Bute, said of Argyll and Bute’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations: ‘Local businesses decked their windows and shopfronts and staff enjoyed dressing up for the occasion.

‘People tried their hand at the Platinum Pudding, and baked cupcakes in royal colours to share.

‘Communities came together for street parties, for lunches, for children’s competitions and for all sorts of happy, colourful celebrations, all with one thing in common; honouring the incredible 70 years of service given to the country by Her Majesty the Queen.’

The Ukrainian flag, which has flown from the flag pole at the head of the Old Quay since the country was invaded by Russian forces in February, was replaced by the UK’s Union Flag during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Tea on the Quay café also displayed Union Flag bunting to mark the occasion.
The Ukrainian flag, which has flown from the flag pole at the head of the Old Quay since the country was invaded by Russian forces in February, was replaced by the UK’s Union Flag during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Tea on the Quay café also displayed Union Flag bunting to mark the occasion.