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New Years Day Ceilidh Celebrations

Pitlochry New Year's Day Street Ceilidh - thanks to all who made it happen!

The Street Party Committee were delighted (not to say enormously relieved!) that the 2012 Pitlochry New Year's Day Street Ceilidh was such a resounding success. We are grateful to those who have written to say how much they enjoyed the event and appreciated the benefit to the community.

The Committee's thanks all those who were central to the show itself - Eddie Rose, Jack Delaney's band, The Vale of Atholl Pipe Band and Silly McBee (Martin Bingham the Clown!). In the production of the event, we are indebted to Martin and Janet Hobson who every year set up and monitor the sound system, and to Stephen Carruthers of AW Bell who always supervises setting up all the electrics. Enormous thanks are also due to the volunteers of Pitlochry in Bloom who served the mulled wine and popcorn and to Rory MacDonald of MacDonald Bros Butchers of Pitlochry and his team who again provided soup and pies.  Our grateful thanks also go to Stevensons of Avonbridge and their helpful driver Gordon Cruickshank who every year make available a huge curtain-sided trailer which is ideal for our stage.

new-year-street.jpg Every year local businesses generously chip in with prizes for the Raffle that effectively funds the event, and this year we thank Bells Blair Atholl Distillery, Pitlochry Co-op, Green Park Hotel, Scotland's Hotel, Pitlochry Hydro Hotel, Pitlochry Festival Theatre, The Old Mill Inn (who also allowed us to take a power lead from the Inn for the toilet unit) and Drinkmonger, Atholl Road.  Also each year we receive tremendous assistance (and forbearance!) from the management and staff at Fishers Hotel for which we are eternally grateful.

 Particular thanks go to the volunteers who turned up to help set up, steward, count cash, clear up afterwards etc. It's a long day for those involved and this help was very much appreciated.

 There are only six on the wee committee that arranges this event, and some of us have been doing it for years (one from the start in 2000!). We could do with more help and if anyone (particularly, perhaps, from the hospitality sector that benefits most from the event) is interested in helping to organise the Street Party, please contact Graham Holmes on 473153 (  We also need volunteers on the day to steward, sell tickets, count cash etc., and the same contact would welcome a call.

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