Parade seeks band to take the lead

PETERHEAD’S 51st Scottish Week is almost upon us and the committee is keen to make it a week to remember, with several new additions to the programme for 2012.

One of those is a special Just Dance event which will be held at the town’s community theatre on Friday, July 27, at 7pm.

The evening will showcase the talents of local dance schools including the Slessor School of Dance, Dancing Boots, Hollie Wood School of Dance and the Lawrence Dance Academy.

There will be displays of Highland, solo, choreography and contemporary, disco, rock and roll and a whole lot more!

Tickets will be available at the Scottish Week box office, which this year is located in the former Wee Shooz shop on Queen Street.

The ever-popular Junior X Factor event will take place on Wednesday, July 25, at the Palace Hotel at 1.30pm.

Rehearsals will take place at the hotel at 10.30am the same day and it is hoped this will prove to be as popular as ever.

If there are any budding Lady Gagas or One Directions out there, then this is the competition for you!

The event is open to all school-age children and entry forms can be found in the Scottish Week programme or call into the box office for further details.

Scottish Week’s Thursday will see the amazing Monster Wheelie Trucks make a return to the Blue Toon.

They will have three demonstrations at the Lido at 6.15pm, 8.15pm and 10.15pm and it’s sure to be a fantastic spectacle.

This year’s parade, to be held on the second Saturday, is currently a bit light on floats and organisers are keen to bolster the numbers.

There is no theme to this year’s parade and any groups, bands, individuals or business who would like to take part are more than welcome to join in the fun.

The organisers will provide the lorry and driver, so all you need to do is come up with the ideas!

And in a further twist, organisers have no pipe band to lead the parade this year due to the fact that Tartan Week has been brought forward and the European Championships are being held in Ireland on the same weekend.

Organiser Karen Day said: “If there are any bands or former pipers who can get together for a one-off perfomance on the day that would be great.

“Obviously we’ve always had the pipes as tradition, but if any musical band would like to join in, then that would be great.

“The newly-formed Peterhead Pipe Band will be taking part on the back of a truck, so there will be a traditional element in there, but if anyone can help we’d love to hear from them.”

Call Karen on 07767277440 or email her at kday2phd@yahoo.co.uk if you can help in any way or would like further information on this year’s parade.