Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Long-serving lord lieutenant to use retirement garden party to celebrate 100 years of pipe band

Lord Lieutenant of Banffshire, Clare Russell.
Lord Lieutenant of Banffshire, Clare Russell.

A north-east landowner who has represented her community for nearly three decades is preparing to step down.

Clare Russell was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Banffshire 17 years ago, but has served in the capacity as a deputy and vice post-holder since 1991.

Now, the popular owner of Ballindalloch Estate is preparing to step down next month as she reaches the age of 75, which is the enforced retirement age of all lord lieutenants.

Mrs Russell was instrumental in a campaign to erect nine “Historic Banffshire” road signs, which was supported by local distilleries, to preserve the name of the county and give exiles a warm welcome when they returned home.

However, the land owner, who has also been involved with the Moray Health Council, Scottish National Trust and the Scotland Garden Scheme, intends to hold one last event before she steps down to celebrate the community she has served for almost 30 years.

A garden party will be thrown in her honour in the grounds of Ballindalloch Castle on Sunday, August 18 with everybody invited to mark not just her retirement, but also the centenary of the Keith-based Strathisla Pipe Band.

The group will perform with other pipes and drums from Dufftown, Buckie, Banff and Aberlour, alongside the ceilidh band of Dufftown’s Andy McCormack, who received a British Empire Medal from Mrs Russell this year, as well as Keith Brass Band, the Buckie Boys’ Brigade bugle band and the Kinloss Military Wives Choir.

During her time in the role, Mrs Russell has organised 40 royal visits, most recently when the Earl of Forfar visited Dufftown and Keith earlier this month.

A spokesman for the organisers said: “The afternoon is an opportunity for people from across Banffshire to come together to enjoy music from local performers.

“The occasion will celebrate the successes of Strathisla Pipe Band and Mrs Russell’s dedicated and outstanding contribution to the life of the area.

“During her time as lord lieutenant, she has played an active role in supporting and promoting community and charity activities as well as local businesses.”

Gates open for the free garden party at 2.30pm. Food vans will be on site, but visitors are welcome to bring picnics.

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]