Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Pitlochry - New Year's Day street party and panto

Wednesday 01-January-2014

The main, planned entertainment of the day was a trip to the panto, Cinderella at the Perth Theatre, but Mary had read about the Pitlochry Street Party in the bumpf at the hotel. We had time to take Mary's mum into town to see the start of the festivities.

The event was kicked off with the complete Vale of Atholl Pipe Band.

That was followed by dancing in the street - they did well known dances like Dashing White Sergeant and Strip the Willow, it was a sight to see.

This is a video report on the full event:

Over 5,000 enjoyed 3 hours of entertainment in Pitlochry, Scotland http://www.pitlochry-scotland.co.uk/ consuming over 4,000 hot pies and 300 litres of soup. A very popular Scottish New Year highland community run event.

We were not able to stay for the full event as we had to get back to the hotel for the coach to the matinee of Cindrella. It delivered all you would expect from a panto.

"Some excellent performances and great pacing leave audience members thoroughly entertained." The Stage.
"Along the way there are many rich and gorgeous aspects to this good-looking show, with Barrie Hunter in rip-roaring form as the leading ugly sister, Luvvie, and the local jokes coming thick and fast." The Scotsman.

Then back to the hotel for the evening meal and more live music from North Sea Gas. The gig was in the lounge and the chairs had been arranged in a semi-circle around the band. Everybody was being very British and sitting at the back so I got a front row sofa. Sitting in comfort with an unimpeded view and a glass of red wine - result.

They played some excellent folk with some serious and some tongue-in-cheek tunes.

I was reminded of the joys of 3D vision being so close. People don't always appreciate depth perception; 3D is a cinema gimmick for most. I spent a couple of years between cataract operations being effectively monocular. Following the second operation binocular vision was restored and now I can enjoy 3D all the time.

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