Meeting aims to gauge support for Jacobite bid

A reminder is given that a public meeting will be held at Peterhead’s Arbuthnot House on Wednesday at 7pm to discuss plans for the possible celebration of the town’s 1715 Jacobite Tricentenary.

The meeting is being held to gauge interest in the celebration, which marks the 300th anniversary of the Proclamation of September 23, 1715, at the Market Cross, Broad Street, and the arrival of King James VIII (III) by boat from France at Port Henry Pier on December 22 the same year.

The idea is the brainchild of former Peterhead Academy music teacher, Stephen Calder, who first suggested some form of recognition of the event on the Positive Peterhead Facebook page.

Now, with support for the plan growing, the meeting will take place tomorrow to see if the project can be taken forward.

Buchan Councillor, Anne Allan, is behind the plans and told the Buchanie: “The first meeting hopes to gauge interest in the event and to see if anyone is willing to help organise or participate.

“We will need people with enthusiasm to make this a positive and successful event which wil involve a large number of people including children’s groups, theatre grups, actors, singers and folk with experience in drama.”