Reign starts under a cloudy sky for Queen

Jimmy Buchan with his 'Best of Buchan' award along with Buchan Queen Katie Woods and her princesses Shelley McWilliam and Sinead O'Brien.
Jimmy Buchan with his 'Best of Buchan' award along with Buchan Queen Katie Woods and her princesses Shelley McWilliam and Sinead O'Brien.

The reign of this year’s Buchan Queen began under a cloudy sky as the 55th Peterhead Scottish Week got underway.

Hundreds of Toon folk - and visitors from as far afield as Australia - gathered at Drummer’s Corner on Saturday to enjoy the opening events at the town’s week-long gala.

Scottish Week chair, Terry Moran, welcomed the crowds, stating: “I can’t believe it’s been 12 months since I stood here.”

She thanked her hard-working committee and all the volunteers and groups who came together to make Scottish Week such a success.

Aberdeenshire Council’s Buchan area manager, Chris White, then took to the stage to carry out the official crowning of this year’s Buchan Queen, Katie Woods, and her princesses, Sinead O’Brien and Shelley McWilliam.

Thankfully, the rain held off until the formalities had finished but in true Scottish Week form the heavens opened shortly afterwards.

A host of events were staged on the opening Saturday including the Ugie Angling competition, a junior golf tournament, a buttery morning and afternoon strawberry tea at the OAP Club, the ABC Craft Fair, a soup and sweet at the Baptist Church, and entertainment in Drummers Corner from Coach House Entertainment, the Lawrence Dance Academy and Fraserburgh Royal British Legion Pipe Band.

There was also a Lego competition - Peterhead Brick Mania - held at the Zion Church hall on Skelton Street, which proved to be particularly popular with the younger generation.

On Saturday evening Scottish Week held the ‘Best of Buchan’ Awards in the town’s Palace Hotel, where a host of well-known faces across the Blue Toon were honoured for their services to Peterhead.

Taking this year’s Best of Buchan overall award was BBC Trawlermen star Jimmy Buchan who was left speechless.

Jimmy has become somewhat of an ambassador for Peterhead as well as the fishing industry and was “over the moon” with the award.