This new section gives details of a selection of events taking place in and around the Central Belt of Scotland. Events listed by area and then alphabetically. All submissions should be accompanied by a contact phone number ior our iniormation. Days out compiled by Thom Dibdin.
I BELTANE FESTIVAL: PEEBLES Wed 23—Sat 26. All day on Sat 26. At various venues around the town. Further details from 0721 729559/722486. In 1889. the people of Peebles decided to celebrate the Jubilee of Queen Victoria. and the tradition has survived. The festival starts on Wed 23. with various rides and races. On Friday evening. there's a fancy dress parade along the High Street. on Saturday. a 500-strong procession of children leaves Holyrude school for the Old Parish Church at 9.30am. The Beltane Queen is crowned at 10am and the parade continues around the town. with ten pipe bands. Highland Dancing and professional sports take place from lprn at Haylodge Park. with catering and a beer tent. From 2—11pm. there's a traditional fair at Victoria Park.
I SCOTTISH PIPE BAND CHAMPIONSHIP 1993 Sat 26. 10am—6pm. Berwickshire
High School Playing Fields. Duns. £2.50 (£1.50). it’s the National competition for Scottish Pipe Bands. including piping. drumming and ensemble. so expect the best!
I CHAMPIONSHIP DOC SHOW Sat 19/Sun 20. 9am Springwood Park. Kelso. 0896 82 2990. £1 (50p). The Border Union Agricultural Show — Canine section. of course. Sat: Gundogs. Hounds and Terriers. Sun: Working. Toy and Utility.
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I CORONATION PAGEANT Sat 26/Sun 27. 10am—5pm. Scone Palace. Perth. 0738 52300. £4/£2.20 children. See photo capnon.
I COUNTRY AND WESTERN FESTIVAL Sat 19. Holy Loch Farm Park. Country and Western music with fast-draw gun ﬁghters. a day ofcomparing who‘s got the biggest gun and who can get theirs out the fastest.
I RENAISSANCE BAND AND EARLY DANCERS Sun 27. 2.30pm. Doune Castle. Doune (near Dunblane). 031 244 3094/5995. Free with admission lu castle (Adults £1.70/chi1dren 90p). For details see Lothians and Fife entry.
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I CANAL JUMP COMPETITION Sun 20. 3pm-6pm. Ratho: The Edinburgh Canal Centre. Midlothian. 031 333 1320. SMT bus route 37. £2 forjumpers. All proceeds to charity. Over 100 contestants are expected to enter this annual event. Some will no doubt make a greater splash than others!
I CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE WEEKEND Sat 19/Sun 20. Knockhill Racing Circuit. by Dunfermline. 0383 620617. Adults £5/children £2. See photo caption.
I MIDSUMMER MASOUERADE Sat l9/Sun 20. 11am—5pm. Almond Valley Heritage Centre. Livingston Mill. 0506 414957. SMT bus route 27 from Central Edinburgh. Adults £1.50/ children 75p. Over the two days there will be demonstrations and costumed re-
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CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE WEEKEND Sat 19/Sun 20. Knockhill Ra Duniennllne 0383 723337. Adults £5/children £2. Classic motorcycling with a large dollop oi non-Japanese nostalgia. Expect to see some classic old llorton,
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CDllDllATlDll PACEAllT Sun 27, 11am and 2.30pm. Scone Palace, Perth. 0738
52300. £4 (Children £2.20). Celebration oi the crowning of James IV on the Moot llill over 500 years ago. lie-enacting the coronation, the royal procession will thread its way from the King’s Dressing Chamber, through the Palace and onto the hill where the young James will be crowned upon a replica oi the Stone oi Destiny. Amidst the colouriul pageantry oi the coronation, there will be musicians, singers, dancers, iugglers, archery, Punch and Judy shows and lace painters. Dn Sat 26, there will be a re-enactment oi the coronation of Charles 11 at 2.30pm. An hour after each coronation, there will a noisy re- enactment oi the Dattle oi Killiekrankie on the south lawn, by an army oi Covenanters dressed in period costume. Entrance includes admission to Scone
enactments from Livingston Mill’s past. Excellent venue for a family day out. the ‘Museum of East Lothian Life‘ is open daily. 10am—5pm. The sixteen-acre site boasts a Shale ()il museum. milking demonstration (1 1am) on the farm. the Livingston Mill (nearing the point where you’ll be able to buy Livingston Mill porridge). nature trail and a collection of old vehicles among its other attractions. I NATIONAL RABBIT SHOW Sat 19. Glen Pavilion. Pittencrieff Park. Dunfermline. 0383 731885. It's titne for Hopsy. Mopsy. Cottontail and Peter to get out of the cabbage patch and down to Scotland's biggest rabbit show. Take a carrot.
I OLD TOWN GALA DAY Sat 19. l lam onwards. Old Town. Edinburgh. Free. The day begins with a procession of residents and entertainers from the Grassmarket at 1 lam. proceeding via Victoria Street. George 1V Bridge. the High Street. St Mary's Street and the Cowgate to St Ann‘s Community Centre where the day is officially started at 1 1.30am by Alistair Darling MP. A host of music. dance. traditional games and displays follows throughout the day. in and around the closes and courtyards between the Museum of Childhood on the High Street and St Ann‘s Community Centre on the Cowgate.
There will be performances by the Edinburgh Renaissance Band. the South Queensferry Pipe Band. the ALP Scots Music Group and the Forth Valley Barber Shop Chorus. Other entertainment includes The Jenny Geddes Clog Dancers. the International Folk Dance Workshop. a display of Irish dancing. professional street theatre from the Clown Jewels and the Gala Day Play. performed by the
Leith-based Kidzone Theatre Company. If you‘re a parent then don‘t worry. there's also ample entertainment being put on for the youngsters.
I RENAISSANCE BAND AND EARLY DANCERS Sun 20. 2.30pm. Aberdour Castle. Fife. 031 244 3094/5995. Free with admission to castle. (adults £1.50/ children 80p). Members of the Edinburgh Renaissance Band will play a selection of the music that may have been heard in Scotland during the 15th and 16th centuries. using a series of period instruments. Lavishly costumed dancers will recreate some of the dances of the period. with choreography based on documentary evidence or original manuscripts.
I ROYAL HIGHLAND SHOW Thurs 24 to Sun 27. The Royal Highland Centre. lngliston. Edinburgh. See photo caption.
54The List 18 June—1 July 1993