ABERLOUR is to have a Royal Visit to bring its 200th anniversary celebrations to a climax.
The Lord Lieutenant of Banffshire, Clare Russell, announced the October engagement as part of the village’s Bi-centenary Day celebrations, which played out over the weekend.
Hundreds flocked to the Speyside community for a series of events to mark the special moment in history, which was hailed an outstanding success.
“The atmosphere was just electric,” said Sandy Henderson, chairman of Aberlour Community Association, the group which spearheaded the bi-centenary celebrations.
“I’m delighted. It was fantastic – better, even, than Games Day. Everything has just gone so well and we are all thrilled.”
It is yet to be confirmed which member of the Royal family will attend next month. However, a mosaic celebrating the village’s 200th anniversary created by local primary school children will be unveiled.
“It is also the 200th anniversary of the church, so there will be a plaque unveiled to celebrate that as well,” said Mr Henderson.
Former pupils of Aberlour School reunited over the weekend, with the school opening its doors for the event. And dozens of those who attended Aberlour Orphanage, and who considered the village as their childhood home, also travelled from far and wide to mark the event.
Bunting decorated the square as the village was bathed in glorious sunshine, creating the perfect conditions for it to be at its picture postcard best.