Braemar Gathering

 

Braemar Gathering

Braemar Gathering takes place on the first Saturday in September. The Gathering is held at  at The Princess Royal & Duke of  Fife Memorial Park in the centre of Braemar.   The patron of The Games is Her Majesty The Queen whose Scottish residence is nearby Balmoral Castle.   Events start at 9.30 a.m.

The photo shows The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh; arriving in their Bentley; at Braemar Gathering. The Royal couple are accompanied by Prince Charles.

Parking facilities are on the fields on the edge of the village. The grassy banks of The Memorial Park form a great natural vantage point.  You can also buy grandstand tickets in advance (recommended).

You are advised to arrive early to avoid traffic congestion.     If you are coming over Glenshee watch out for red deer.   The best chance of spotting red deer in summer is in the evenings.   Remember if one runs across the road it’s likely to be immediately followed by several others.

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The Queen arrives at Braemar Gathering & Highland GamesScotland, accompanied by Prince Charles & The Duke of Edinburgh (Bill Bagshaw www.dsider.co.uk)

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Banchory Show

 

Banchory Show

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Banchory Show events include horse events for Hunters, Ponies & Clydesdales, plus of course cattle and sheep events.

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Banchory show is an annual event and family fun day. Uniquely Banchory show is held right in the town centre handy for all the shops. The show includes trade stands, highland dancing, a pipe band, a tug o war and a livestock parade.

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Echt Show

 

Echt Show celebrated its 160th Anniversary on July 13th 2013

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The show always has a great turnout., and has a featured main display event.

There are livestock shows, a funfair, horseshoe making demonstration,  parades, clydesdale horses, vintage tractors, highland dancing and much more.

Kintore pipe band piped in the 2013 160th anniversary event.  See an Antique thrashing machine made in Aberdeen on the  slideshow page.

Echt Show. 2013 was the 160th anniversary of The Echt Show. Lady blacksmith making horse shoes at Echt show. copyright Bill Bagshaw photography www.dsider.co.uk online magazine, photo courses (Bill Bagshaw & Martin Williams/Bill Bagshaw, dsider.co.uk)

 

Castle Fraser Jousting Tournament

 

Castle Fraser awoke to battles between ancient warriors on 20th July 2013

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Castle Fraser Jousting Tournament

Castle Fraser Jousting Tournament used to be an annual event, but no longer takes place every year.

The Tournament features  re-enactments of  battles and jousting tournaments. This is taken very seriously indeed by the participants who ensure their equipment is authentic.  The re-enactors are actually fighting for points in their own “league”.   There is great attention to detail during the Tournament.  Many combatants manufacture their own equipment.

Castle Fraser Steam Fair is another event at the Castle earlier in the year.

 

 

Pipe Bands -The Role of The Drum Major in Military Pipe Bands

 

A pipe band Drum Major from The Gordon Highlanders military pipe band at The Aboyne Highland Games. In a military pipe band the Drum Major would be a man of outstanding military character able to control men in battle. The Drum Major was the figurehead of the regiment. In battle he instructed the drummers to play certain beats which passed messages to the rest of the troops. The Drum Major's was a very important job; if he got it wrong the battle could be lost. He carried proud regimental honours on his sash and upon his silver headed mace. In more recent years a drum major in a non military band became more of an entertainer who threw and caught his mace. www.dsider.co.uk online magazine, photo courses Photography by Bill Bagshaw (Bill Bagshaw & Martin Williams/Bill Bagshaw, www.dsider.co.uk)A pipe bands Drum Major from The Gordon Highlanders military pipe band at The Aboyne Highland Games.

© Bill Bagshaw

In a military pipe band the Drum Major would be a man of outstanding military character able to control men in battle.
The Drum Major was the figurehead of the regiment. In battle he instructed the drummers to play certain beats which passed messages to the rest of the troops.

The Drum Major’s was a very important job in the pipe bands. If he got it wrong the battle could be lost. He carried proud regimental honours on his sash and upon his silver headed mace.
Military pipe band drum majors do not throw their mace, however in  more recent years a drum major in a non military band became more of an entertainer who threw and caught his mace.

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