Near Year's Day Celebrations

Near Year's Day Celebrations

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Pitlochry's Scottish New Year Celebrations

JRS_3933.jpgThe Pitlochry Scottish New Year is welcomed in Style by closing of Atholl Road, Pitlochry's main street to traffic and having it filled with new year revellers. This takes place on New Year's Day between 1pm to 4pm. Entrance is free. This new year event is very popular and always very well supported.

New Years Day 2013 Celebrations in Pitlochry Scotland
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2013, 2012, and 2011 Pitlochry Street Ceilidh on YOU TUBE

Hot soup, sausage rolls, mulled wine, pies are provided on the day. (see below for full details).

Pitlochry New Year's day 2017 timetable.

1pm - Vale of Atholl Pipe Band opens the Ceilidh, with Eddie Rose opening the party.

1.15 to 4pm - Ceilidh dance to Jack Delaney's Ceilidh Band with Compere Eddie Rose.


1.30, 2.15, 3pm - Silly McBee, the Clown performances in Fishers Hotel (50p entry), tickets purchased from New Year's Day Ceilidh Steward (wearing yellow top) in Fishers hotel.

3.30pm - Raffle draw

4pm - Party closes with Auld Land Syne

4.30pm Atholl Road re-opens for traffic.

The band plays Ceildh music and invites everyone to dance traditional Scottish Ceilidh (pronounced kay lee) dances such as Strip the Willow, Dashing White Sergeant, The Gay Gordons, The Military two step and much more.

Hog Roast - 12 to 4pm served in floury baps with Homemade Apple Sauce outside the Auld Smiddy.

pitlochry-new-year-2013-b.jpgTHANK YOU to all the  businesses for donating the raffle prizes. The Pitlochry New Year Raffle is critical to the on going funding of this community run 'free entry'event each year. £1buys you a ticket in the Pitlochry New Year's Day Raffle.

BUY your raffle tickets at shops and businesses in Pitlochry OR on the day from various raffle sellers.

Macdonald Bros Butchers of Pitlochry - the Macdonald family young and old give up every New Year's Day to provide a continuous stream of  sausage rolls (2,500 to be precise), and 54 gallons of soup.

All free with a donation towards next year's event. The food is just what is wanted and very welcome on a cold New Year's day. There are of course donation buckets for your contributions to help fund next year's event. (If there are any surplus funds are donated to local charities and good causes by the Committee). You will also find people going round selling raffle tickets.


Pitlochry in Bloom, JRS_3882.jpgPitlochry's Multi- Award  Winning Floral Group are offering sweets, soft drinks, popcorn and mulled wine - again there are donations buckets for guests to help with funding.

Bells Blair Atholl Distillery is a great supporter of Pitlochry town in so many ways. You will see their details on the canopy above the band, without their invaluable support Pitlochry would find a big hole in meeting the costs of staging these kind of events. It is so important in small communities such as Pitlochry for all the businesses to help out and make what Pitlochry is, a superb little Highland tourist town.

JRS_3957.jpgScotland has a tradition of seeing in the new year with special celebrations, indeed New Year was always more important than Christmas in Scotland. New Year's Day has always been a public holiday, where are Christmas Day was traditionally a working day, right up to the 1950s. Some of the New Year's Day traditions continue with many locals leaving any party on Hogmanay (New Year's Eve) just before mid night so they can see the New Year in, or 'hear the Bells' chiming in the New Year in their own homes. The Pitlochry New Years Day Ceilidh is a great place to experience and see some of these traditions.

The final event of the Pitlochry New Year's Day Ceilidh is the clasping of hands and forming a large circle to sing 'Auld Lang Syne'.

Auld Lang Syne

Auld Lang Syne is the soScotland-pitlochry-new-year-2013-c.jpgng used the world over and is part of all Scottish New Year Celebrations including those at Pitlochry in Highland Perthshire.

The words to Auld Lang Syne (Old Times Sake) are very much part of all Scottish New Year Celebrations. Auld Lang Syne was of course written by Scotland's World Famous Bard Rabbie (Robert) Burns.

Auld Lang Syne
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup of kindness yet,
For auld lang syne!

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne?

And surely ye'll be your pint-stowp,
And surely I'll be mine,
And we'll tak a cup o kindness yet,
For auld lang syne!


We twa hae run about the braes,
And pou'd the gowans fine,
But we've wander'd monie a weary fit,
Sin auld lang syne.

We twa hae paidl'd in the burn
Frae morning sun till dine,
But seas between us braid hae roar'd
Sin auld lang syne.

And there's a hand my trusty fiere,
And gie's a hand o thine,
And we'll tak a right guid-willie waught,
For auld lang syne.

If you are to translate this from Old Scots to modern English it is:-

Should old friends be forgotten,
And never remembered?
Should old friends be forgotten,
And days gone by

For days gone by, my dear,
For days gone by,
We'll take a cup of kindness yet,
For days gone by.

And there's a hand, my trusty friend,
And give me a hand of yours,
And we'll take a very hearty drink,
For days gone by!

The traditional is to join hands in a circle during the first verse, then to cross your hands in front of you and join hands again for the last verse; this brings everyone in the circle closer together, which just reinforces the sentiments of the song.

If you don't know all the words, you will not be the only one. Many people will sing something like, 'Should auld acquaintance be forgot, l........, …… , for auld lang syne!' The important thing is showing willing and being with friends.

Happy New Year from Pitlochry in Bonnie Scotland

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