Rain abates for Scottish Week crowning

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DESPITE a wet start to Saturday, the rain abated for an hour in the afternoon so that Peterhead Scottish Week could crown its Buchan Queen in front of a large crowed at Drummer’s Corner.

Torrential rain all morning didn’t appear to dampen the spirits as hundreds headed for the town centre to see Chelsea Fulton receive her royal appointment from STV newsreader Norman MacLeod, with Princesses Jemma Buchan and Jenna Morrice in attendance.

Saturday’s celebrations mark the start of Scottish Week’s 50th year, with a packed programme of entertainment - a record for the gala - guaranteed to provide something for everyone.

Mr MacLeod told the gathered crowd that Grampian TV was also celebrating 50 years in 2011 and it was an honour to have been asked to carry out the official crowning in such an important year.

The golden celebrations are being marked with the return of several attractions to the this year’s programme including the bay swim and the raft race, which will be held at the Lido on Thursday night.

The committee has retained plenty of Scottish Week’s favourite elements including the baby show, cat and dog shows, Jnr X-Factor, pub quiz and the carnival parade.

The highlight of the week will be on Friday night when the Red Arrows will make a spectacular return to Peterhead, kicking off a big night of entertainment at the Lido Marquee.

Next Saturday will see this year’s Starlight Parade get underway, with the fun at the Lido culminating with a grand fireworks display.