Published: 26/05/2018 19:00 - Updated: 24/05/2018 14:08

Royal knees-up draws big crowd

Written byPhilip Murray


Royal Wedding Tain
Great weather ensured that celebrations in Tain drew big crowds.

PARTY time came to the streets of Tain when residents held events to mark the royal wedding.

The celebrations, which were organised by the Tain and District Development Trust, include a special party in the Collegiate Church, where care home and Dementia Resource Centre residents enjoyed footage of times gone by – including the Queen’s coronation.

This was followed by a Royal Watch Party, where members of the community were able to enjoy the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on a big screen.

Other family-friendly activities included afternoon tea, live music, a bouquet toss, and competitions for the best dressed and best hat.

The celebrations continued in the Rose Gardens with a well-attended community market, that also featured a mix of games, face painting, a royal fancy dress contest and live music from Gizzen Briggs.

"The events of the weekend were received so positively by all that attended, it was fantastic to see such a wide demographic of the community together enjoying some of our local attractions and amenities," said the trust’s Sharon Robertson.

Fellow trust member Sarah Mackenzie said the events also served a double purpose, boosting the group’s efforts to raise awareness of Tain’s tourist attractions and boost footfall in the historic burgh town. She added: "Together with the community we are a powerful force for positive changes and I feel the buzz and vibrancy created from the weekend events is a great example of this."

The trust hopes to run further market events throughout the tourist season, moving them around the area.

They have thanked the community for the support so far, and are looking to build a team of volunteers to help raise cash and drive projects forward. For more details email

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