Thursday 25 June 2015

Grantown-on-Spey 250th Anniversary

The 28th June sees the 250th anniversary of the laying of the first stone of the first building of the planned town of Grantown-on-Spey, which has been my home for just over 25 years - 10% of its existence.

The history of the town can be found in the excellent Grantown Museum, which is well worth a visit.

To celebrate the anniversary the town is putting on a series of events every day this week, details of which can be found on the Grantown 250 website. Yesterday was the day for local businesses, especially shops and cafes, under the banner Totally Locally as Grantown is the first town in the Scottish Highlands to join this excellent project. We had a family day out to join in the celebrations and managed to support quite a few local businesses.

To capture some of the eighteenth century feel there was much dressing up with some impressive costumes and some surreal scenes as 1765 mixed with 2015. Gentlemen in powdered wigs, ladies in mop caps and lace and big dresses, a hedge-witch and others mingled with summer visitors and street attractions ranging from musicians to stilt-walkers. The atmosphere in the town was wonderful, despite the rather dull weather (at least it didn't rain), and it was a grand day. Afterwards we felt that an annual event of some type would be a great idea for the town.

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