Despite a miserable forecast of high winds and driving rain, the Blue Toon managed to defy the predictions and there was even a little sunshine for the opening of the 54th Peterhead Scottish Week.
A programme of entertainment began at 12 noon with Highland dancing displays by youngsters from the Lawrence Dance Academy, and they kicked-off the proceedings in fine fashion with the youngest members of the dance group provoking plenty of oohs and aahs from the crowd.
Traditional singer Barbara Ann Burnett then took to the stage accompanied by Peter Hawkey and Bill Buchan, providing a more Doric flavour to the afternoon, as they managed to get the gathered audience to sing along to some well-known tunes.
A slight technical hitch in the middle of the programme didn’t deter the trio, who continued on until the problem was rectified. It was then the turn of local singer Catriona Buchan to wow the audience with a fantastic mix of tunes from Scottish artists through the decades, starting with Lulu and finishing up with Emile Sande.
She fairly got the crowd bopping and singing along, giving them a grand workout in preparation for the 6.1.0.Dance Academy from Fraserburgh.
The spirited and talented youngsters didn’t even break sweat - although the rest of us did just watching them!
They provided a superb display of modern dance, although their set had to be performed over two periods given the ceremony was running late.
Before we knew it, the familiar skirl of the Fraserburgh Royal British Legion Band hailed the arrival of the Royal party to the stage.
While Buchan Queen Shauni Bremner and princesses, Kimberley Kaminski and Suzanne Walker, took their seats, Scottish Week chairwoman, Terry Moran, welcomed everyone to the official opening of the week and with a quick glance to the skies prayed the weather would hold.
Vice-chair, Scott Ross, then introduced special guest, Rebecca Curran from STV, who carried out the official crowning of the trio.
She said she was no stranger to the Blue Toon, but was more used to being on the other end of the microphone!
Rebecca then placed each of the crowns on the heads of the trio, officially opening the week’s proceedings and getting things off to a fantastic start.
The pipe band remained in Drummers Corner where they performed some traditonal tunes, with the 6.1.0 Dance Academy rounding up the day’s events.