Published: 19/05/2017 16:00 - Updated: 19/05/2017 11:35

Costume drama on offer at castle vintage day

THE owners of a Moray castle have recreated a view from its past ahead of a vintage event tomorrow.

Standing in the grounds of Gordon Castle in pre-war attire ahead of tomorrow’s vintage day are owners Angus and Zara Gordon Lennox.
Standing in the grounds of Gordon Castle in pre-war attire ahead of tomorrow’s vintage day are owners Angus and Zara Gordon Lennox.

Angus and Zara Gordon Lennox took inspiration from the roaring twenties as they stepped into the grounds of Gordon Castle in the attire of old.

They are preparing for the two-day Gordon Castle Country Fair and Highland Games, which has been expanded to include a historical revival as part of Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.

The new Saturday event seeks to encourage visitors to dress in period costume with the aim of recreating the castle’s glory years of 1900s to 1940s when it welcomed crowds of more than 30,000.

The vintage village will focus on traditional skills including weaving, fashion through the eras, big band performances, vintage vehicles and historic agriculture.

Rare breeds, heavy horses and racing pigs will also be exhibiting and a charity We’re a Knockout competition will run.

Mr Gordon Lennox said: “It’s very exciting and rewarding to be expanding this family- friendly event to two days for the first time in over a century.

“Not just because it will act as a tribute to the period in which the castle enjoyed its heyday, but also to play a key part in the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology celebrations, in which we are a partner programme event.”

On Sunday, a traditional Highland games will play out and will include a world-record attempt in the Scottish 28lb weight for distance championships.

Further events will include the hammer throw, caber toss and tug of war and there will be gun dog, pig racing and falconry displays.

Food and drink stalls are available as well as a dedicated craft and gift marquee and musical performances.

Stuart Turner, head of EventScotland, said: “Gordon Castle Country Fair and Highland Games is a significant event for the north east of Scotland and we are delighted to be supporting them through our Beacon Funding Programme to extend it into a two-day offering.

“In the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, it is fitting that the games will celebrate Gordon Castle Estate’s rich history and heritage through the addition of the vintage village with a fantastic family programme of big band music, vintage fashion and traditional craft demonstrations.”

The event runs tomorrow from 11am to 6pm and on Sunday from 10am to 5pm.

Ahead of the games, Mr Gordon Lennox and his wife paid tribute to Highland Games “heavy” Hamish Davidson, who has died aged 63.

Hamish won Scottish, British and world Highland Games records and went on to be one of the most popular comperes on the circuit.

It was the legendary heavy eventer who approached the laird with a proposal to resurrect the annual games.

Mr Gordon Lennox said: “Last weekend we heard of the very sad news of the death of Hamish Davidson. Not only was Hamish a legend in the Highland Games world, he was also instrumental in the rebirth of the Gordon Castle Highland Games and Country Fair in 2011.

“We will miss his cheery smile and original commentary and in due course it will be right to commemorate his contributions here on a permanent basis.

“He will be sorely missed at this weekend’s Highland Games and those in the future. Our thoughts are with his family.”

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