As promised we bring you news this week of the
Wallace 700 Commemoration events in Aberdeen and Stonehaven from Friday
19 August to Sunday 21 August 2005.
The magnificent Wallace Statue at Schoolhill,
Aberdeen, will see the first event on Friday 19 August when
wreath-laying and speeches will be held there at 8.15pm, organised by
Jim Singer. A folk concert follows in the Forum, Skene Terrace
(about 5 minutes walk from the statue) featuring folk duo Shiltrum and
Drumma on the return from a successful tour of the USA.
Featuring a piper and several drummers they are an outstanding addition
to the world of Scottish music. Tickets £7.50 are available from
Jim Singer, tel 07973 270723.
20 August sees the traditional Wallace march and speeches at Stonehaven
to remember that in 1297 William Wallace joined the Scots besieging
Dunnottar Castle and helped them take the castle back under Scottish
control. The march to Dunnottar Castle starts at 2pm and will mark
the 25th year of this commemoration being held. After the march,
wreath-laying and speeches a Wallace Day Concert will be held in the
Stonehaven Town Hall - doors open 7pm. The concert features the
premier Scottish folk duo Gaberlunzie and Clann An Drumma.
Tickets, £7.50. are available from Brendan McCabe, tel 01569 730859.
Aberdonians will have another chance to commemorate
the 700th anniversary of the judicial murder of Sir William Wallace on
Sunday 21 August, in a series of events commencing with a vigil of
solitary pipers at the Wallace Statue at 11am. The provisional
programme is detailed below. See
for more information.
12.15pm - 1.00pm
Childrens Concert of
music/song/recitation in Union Terrace Gardens
Procession leaves Wallace Statue
Musical Entertainment at Wallace Statue
Wreath Laying Ceremony begins
Grampian Police Pipe Band perform at Wallace Statue
Rev John Anderson introduces the ceremony
Wallace Address by David Hyman
Primary School’s pageant in front of Wallace Statue
Loirston Drama Group procession accompanied by “Medieval
followed by Arbroath Declaration extract.
Dedication by Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney
Performance by all Pipe Bands
Aberdeen appropriately supplies our recipe for this
week - Aberdeen Oat Cookies.
100g soft margarine; 50g caster sugar; 125g
self raising flour; 25g rolled oats
the margarine and sugar together. Gradually work in the flour.
Form into balls, about 1 inch square, and toss in the oats. Place
on a greased baking sheet and flatten with a fork. Bake at 180°C,
350°F or Gas Mark 4 for 15 minutes.