Carnoustie marked the arrival of the Commonwealth Games in fine style with an all-singing, all-dancing welcome party for the teams.
Representatives from across the Commonwealth including New Zealand, India, Canada, the Maldives, Norfolk Island, Isle of Man and Anguila, together with local dignitaries and invited guests were treated to an evening of Angus talent at the Carnoustie Leisure Centre on Sunday.
The guests were all piped into the new cafe annexe at the centre by award-winning Carnoustie piper Craig Weir before being treated to a tasty buffet of Angus produce including local soft fruits, Arbroath Smokie paté on blinis and locally sourced smoked salmon.
Fed and watered, the audience enjoyed a display showcasing the best of young Angus talent, with Scottish country dancing from the Monifieth High School Dancers, Carnoustie folk band 56 Degrees North, and the finale was an acoustic set by Craig Weir and Ross White from Celtic rockers Gleadhraich.
Representing the rest of Angus were the Gordon School of Dance from Montrose, Kirriemuir group The Blend and traditional folk family group, Shona McFarlane and her daughters Rhona and Kirsty.
Among the invited guests was Carnoustie Independent councillor Brian Boyd. He said: “It’s good to see that by the time the Guide & Gazette goes to print the events will be starting and it’s fantastic to see all the various countries turning up to a very sunny Carnoustie down the front, and staying locally at the hotel.
“It’s great to see this happening with all the sporting events that come to Carnoustie such as this and the Open in 2018.”
Speaking at the ceremony Councillor Jeanette Gaul, chair of the Angus Commonwealth Games steering committee, added: “We are very proud to be a host venue for the XX Commonwealth Games and I know the athletes and coaches will get a warm welcome in Angus and enjoy their stay in the county.”
Visit us online now to see some footage of entertainment from the party. And keep an eye out for updates on Twitter #GamesinAngus