Perthshire Advertiser

Pitlochry’s street party comes to you

NewYear’s Day celebratio­ns broadcast on radio

- MELANIE BONN

Pitlochry will not hold its famous New Year’s Day street party but there will be a hooley on the airwaves instead as the local radio station steps up to assist with celebratio­ns.

Heartland FM, the community radio station based in the Highland Perthshire town, plans to produce a traditiona­l Scottish street party on the radio - and online - from 1pm to 3pm on January 1.

Station manager Alistair Smith said: “When I heard the news that the street party on New Year’s Day was cancelled, it was devastatin­g for the area, but in the circumstan­ces it had to be done.

“Then I began to think, if you can’t come to the party, then the party should come to you.”

Chair of the Pitlochry Street Party team Cathy Joss added: “We were delighted when Heartland FM contacted us about doing the

Street Party on the radio, as we can still bring the atmosphere of the street party to listeners in Highland Perthshire, throughout Scotland and across the world, keeping Pitlochry and the loss of the tourist market firmly in people’s minds.”

The January 1 street party will follow the same format as normal, with Cathy welcoming everyone. The day will be compered by Heartland FM presenter Eddie Rose.

The programme will include music from The Vale of Atholl Pipe Band,

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