Look back on 2017
Revisit Strath’s memorable events
• Braco Primary pupils were amongst Strath residents who supported a 28.3 mile sponsored walk for two- year- old Leva Stewart from Blackford who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
•Cheering crowds lined the streets as Her Majesty the Queen visited Blackford. The monarch officially opened Highland Spring’s £30m extension to its bottling plant.
•MacRosty Park was packed with visitors for the second Kids Week in Crieff event. It got off to a great start with the Gala Day, which saw Gala King Zack Muir lead a procession to the bandstand.
•The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry visited the Strath in what was described by Perth and Kinross Council Provost Dennis Melloy as a “real coup” for the town. The extraordinary artwork was exhibited as part of a project organised by Crieff Arts Festival and supported by the Crieff Succeeds BID group and Morrison’s Academy.
• Crieff led the way in marking the centenar y commemorations of the Battle of Passchendaele. Veterans, RBLS representatives, cadets, Comrie Pipe Band and serving soldiers from The Royal Regiment of Scotland were amongst those taking part.
•Comrie Fortnight was hailed as a great success under the new chairmanship of Ewen Stewart. The 21 year-old is one of the youngest to take on the role.
• Local sports stars returned from the Special Olympics Summer Games in Sheffield clutching a fistful of medals. David Crabb took the bronze medal for ten-pin bowling, making two strikes during the competition. Fiona Driver claimed the silver medal for indoor bowls. David Charleson took the top spot in the 50m freestyle swimming event and it was a double for swimmer Michael Murrell, who won gold in the 50m back stroke and 4 x50m relay.
•Officials voted that a ward at Crieff Community Hospital which was dedicated to taking care of people with dementia should stay shut as the health board implemented reforms across the region.
•An aspiring young chef from Braco won her school’s annual cook-off. Talented Emma Keith (11) won first place at the Bridge of Allan-based Beaconhurst School’s cooking club contest.
•Muthill residents were appalled after two mosaics created by school children were stolen from a cycle path. The mosaics were made by children from Muthill Primary School with the help of Crieff mosaic artist Katy Galbraith and put in place by the 42nd Muthill Scouts.
•Comrie in Colour and Muthill in Bloom picked up gold and silver gilt awards respectively at the prestigious Beautiful Scotland prize-giving ceremony.
• Terri Bacon and Pamela Gillies from Comrie and six of their friends and family were glad to be home after getting caught up in the effects of Hurricane Irma in the US.
•A new £44,000 marketing campaign aimed at making Crieff the “destination of choice” for those seeking adrenalinepumping adventure and good food was launched by Crieff Succeeds BID ( Business Improvement District), which received a £ 22,000 matchfunded boost from the VisitScotland Growth Fund.
October •Anglers were angered by the Scottish Government’s decision to re-categorise the River Earn’s fishing grade. The Category 2 river was earmarked to drop to a Category 3 designation on January 1, enforcing a mandatory catch and release policy.
•Crieff Community Trust was among several community projects to receive a substantial cash boost. More than £ 80,000 was awarded to the Strath capital group from Big Lottery Fund Scotland.
•Fans of the great outdoors basked in the area’s picturesque scenery during the Crieff and Strathearn Drovers’ Tryst. More than 300 people enjoyed the 33 walks of varying degrees of difficulty on offer and around 150 people of all ages took part in mountain biking.
• Crieff ’s historic Town Hall got a new lease of life as Crieff Succeeds BID (Business Improvement District) officially opened its new hub in the landmark building.
November • Outlander fever hit the Strath when it was revealed the cast of the hit adventure drama was filming in the area.
• A Strath paramedic took the top honour in the annual Scottish Health Awards. Crieff ’s John Pritchard was named Leader of the Year at the awards.
• Comrie residents chose how they would like to see the £ 384,000 St e i n m e y e r l e ga c y left to the community by former Cultybraggan Camp prisoner of war Heinrich Steinmeyer in gratitude for the way he was treated in the village used.
•Crieff Highland Gathering stalwart Stevie Ryder was presented with an MBE from Her Majesty the Queen.
December •Politicians, businesses and residents hit out at a decision by the Royal Bank of Scotland to close its Comrie branch.
• A petition calling for Parkdale Care Home to be saved from potential closure was signed by almost 2000 people.
• Strath based traditional music lecturer Professor Margaret Bennett was recognised for her contribution to Highland culture by the Saltire Society in Inverness.
Above Popular local man Jim McGregor enjoyed his role as chieftain of Crieff Highland Games with sons Colin and Ewan, and wife Carol Right Kids in Crieff enjoyed a Hallowe’en party in James Square organised by the community council We look back at the...
Top A hardy group of service personnel set off from Crieff’s Market Park in July to cycle 600 miles to France and Belgium in a tribute to the fallen as part of the Crieff Remembers Festival in August. Above In July Vale of Earn took on the St...
Main photo The Comrie Fortnight culminated in another fantastic float parade under the auspices of new chairman 21-yearold Ewen Stewart
Left Strath stalwart Stevie Ryder collected his MBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace in November Below The new Comrie Christmas Lights committee revived the village’s switch-on with a big community event in December
Top The Auchterarder Marathon made its debut in September Above The Crieff Lines Railway Festival, organised by Crieff train enthusiast David Ferguson, was a first-class event in September