A Climatic End To Perth’s 800 Celebrations

The weekend of 26th November saw a climatic end to the year long Celebration of Perth 800. It was a bonanza of lightnight festivities from a magnificent firework display to Perth’s historic building and bridges spectacularly lite up like never before. The fireworks were launched from platoons on the river Tay, which provided a beautiful back drop to the cavalcade of colours and illumination. The Perth 800 was a year long programme of events which celebrated the 800th anniversary of the granting of the Royal Burgh Charter to Perth by King William the Lion of Scotland in 1210.
Throughout the year we have had an exciting and ambitious events held in Perth during 2010 on the themes of heritage, sport, arts and culture and the local economy. Both tourists and locals alike have been able to enjoy the Perth 800. Along with the Lightnight festival there was a medival market held on both the Saturday and Sunday. Almond Villa had many guests staying that weekend for the party and unfortuantely (or not) 2 of them were unlucky enough to be picked for the stocks and pillars.

Sadly the weekend ended in not quite the same spectacular force. Winter arrived with a very large bump and whilst we had been forewarned by the weathermen the strength and speed of the snow blizzards on Sunday took everyone by surprise. Due to the wintery weather all the main routes in and out of Perth were closed and motorists travelling up and down the A9, A90 and M90 had to spend the night in Perth. In good old fashion British spirit, a makeshift emergency shelter was set up in the North Inch Community Centre where the wonderful ladies of the WRI distributed bedding and hot food. Of course Almond Villa had it’s share of stranded travellers as did every other guest house and hotel in the area, we had guests coming in from the cold weather where a simple 15minute journey from Dundee had taken 7 hours.

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