Avoch Commemoration 2011


AVOCH COMMEMORATION 2011

The Annual Andrew de Moray Flag Raising Ceremony took place on Saturday 21st May 2011.
Between 30 & 40 of us gathered at the football pitch in Avoch for a photoshoot by a local photographer.

At 3pm, Charlie Beattie, Project organiser, blew on his horn to signal the beginning of the march through the village.  Led by Charlie & Rob Gibson, MSP, the Project’s convenor, we marched the mile & a half or so to the top of Ormonde Hill, the site of Moray’s Ormonde Castle.

Irene laid a small bunch of white roses on the commemorative cairn & Rob welcomed everyone to the site.  He spoke about the proposed monument at Stirling Bridge & said that they would increase the pressure on Highland Council to erect a statue to Andrew de Moray at Avoch, a cause they have been championing for years.

Duncan then presented the new saltire on behalf of the Society of William Wallace to Charlie.  Last year’s flag was lowered & given to Sheila Mackay, who raised it last year.  Alan Anderson was chosen to raise this year’s standard.  As it reached the top it was given a loud “Alba Gu Brath!” from Charlie & a rousing cheer from the gathering.

Duncan then said a few words representing the Society, mentioning that contained within the Lubeck letter is the phrase “Greeting and Perpetual Increase of Good Friendship”. Seven centuries after it was written, this encapsulates the relationship between the Society of William Wallace & the Andrew de Moray Project.”

A few drams were passed round to combat the effects of the biting wind & we headed off back down the hill.

Charlie & Liz, as usual, invited us back to their house for some food & drink, very much appreciated.

The evening event was preceded by the Project’s AGM, at which Irene & Duncan told of the success we have had with the website & the Facebook page.

Entertainment was provided by the Scone Fairies with Rob also getting up with his guitar & giving us a few numbers.

A very enjoyable day out.

 

Duncan Fenton

Duncan says a few words.
The auld Saltire.
Oor Duncan.
A few nippy sweeties to beat the cauld wind!
Something's caught their eye.
Patriots all!
A few weel kent faces...
Irene at the cairn.
 

 

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The Society of William Wallace is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation Registration number SC045959