Part one

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - THE WEEKEND TICKET - May June

spring show, which this year was ‘Whisky Ga­lore’.

*Hundreds of lo­cal sup­port­ers trav­elled to Mur­ray­field Sta­dium to cheer on Blair­gowrie RFC in the BT Na­tional Bowl Fi­nal. It was the first time in the east Perthshire club’s his­tory that it has reached the land­mark oc­ca­sion - and the boys in blue rose to the oc­ca­sion, al­though they were ul­ti­mately pipped to the tro­phy by Por­to­bello.

*An in­cred­i­ble £17,500 was raised for char­ity at the Blair­gowrie Drive-It Day Clas­sic Car Tour, or­gan­ised by the Ro­tary Club of Blair­gowrie and fea­tur­ing around 70 clas­sic cars from yes­ter­year to the present day.

*Tourism chiefs in east Perthshire wel­comed pro­pos­als for a ‘snow road scenic route’ in the area.

*Lo­cal gov­ern­ment elections saw Coun­cil­lor Caro­line Shiers re­elected for a third term as a Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tive coun­cil­lor for the Blair­gowrie and Glens ward. Fel­low Tory coun­cil­lor Bob Brawn was elected to rep­re­sent the ward on Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil for the first time as was SNP coun­cil­lor Tom McEwan.

*Blair­gowrie Ju­niors’ team man­ager Billy Mackay stepped down from dugout du­ties, hand­ing over the reins to long-serv­ing team cap­tain Mark Brash. Billy con­tin­ued in his role as pres­i­dent of the club.

*Elec­tion fever ar­rived in Blair­gowrie with a visit by First Min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon in sup­port of the SNP can­di­date for the Perth and North Perthshire con­stituency, Pete Wishart.

*Three of the largest sports clubs in Blair­gowrie joined forces to ask Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil to con­sider pro­vid­ing a flood­lit 3G train­ing pitch for the town at Davie Park.

*Nearly 400 run­ners and walk­ers signed up to take part in the Rat­trayBlair half marathon, which re­turned to the east Perthshire cap­i­tal af­ter an ab­sence of more than 20 years. The event, which was or­gan­ised by Rat­tray run­ner Peter Ritchie, raised £5,000 for lo­cal char­i­ties.

*Or­gan­is­ers hailed the fourth an­nual Coupar An­gus Cy­cling Fes­ti­val as the big­gest and best yet.

*The Blair­gowrie Cit­i­zen of the Year and Young Per­son of the Year were an­nounced as well-known lo­cal res­i­dent Sandy Thom­son and Eve Camp­bell, both from Rat­tray.

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Mak­ing his­tory Blair­gowrie RFC made it to the fi­nals of the BT Na­tional Bowl, held at Mur­ray­field

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