Glamis Castle to shine bright in colourful tribute to NHS and key workers

28 May 2020 | News Story

The treasured famous landmark Glamis Castle is set to be the centre of a spectacular light show this evening, Thursday 28th May, to show support and appreciation for everyone working on the frontline.

The light show organised by ANGUSalive, with support from Visit Angus, will see the historic landmark illuminated in rainbow colours for the first time in a display of appreciation to the NHS and all frontline key workers.

ANGUSalive has been lighting venues across Angus on Thursdays at 8pm to show their support and appreciation for the NHS, carers and keyworkers working on our frontline. Signal Tower in Arbroath, Montrose Sports Centre, the Reid Hall, Kirriemuir Gateway to the Glens Museum (and Peter Pan himself), Balmashanner monument in Forfar, as well as Brechin Cathedral have all been lit up.

Audrey Hood, ANGUSalive Theatre Manager said, “It’s been an honour to have organised the light up of buildings throughout Angus to help celebrate the now traditional Clap for Carers event on Thursdays.  It’s been a positive beacon of hope for the Angus community.  The rainbow is a recognised symbol of hope during these times, so it’s wonderful to have Glamis Castle lit up to support all NHS staff, carers and key workers whose courageous efforts are helping us get through this pandemic.”

“This will be our last external light up but are working on moving to indoor light-ups of our venues, so it will be fantastic to finish on a high with Glamis Castle.  This couldn’t have happened without the dedication and expertise of Duncan Gillies from DGLX, so a huge thank you to him for putting the light displays together.  Thanks also to A M Phillip Trucktech Ltd for donating the use of vehicles to help with several light-ups including tonight’s.  We ask that people don’t visit the site to take photos and instead follow advice to stay at home.  We’ll have lots of photos and video footage on our own social media feeds which everyone can see and share.”

Situated close to the village of Glamis, since 1372, Glamis Castle has been home to the Earl of Strathmore.  There are many stories and legends surrounding it, and it is reputed as one of the most haunted places in the British Isles.  The family house was the childhood home of King George VI’s wife Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, and it is the birthplace of Princess Margaret.  It was also the setting of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

William Inglis, State Factor of Glamis said, “The gates for Glamis Castle have been closed for a little over 9 weeks; whilst we still have some time to go before the Castle will be allowed to function fully again, it is really exciting that there is a new direction to the Coronavirus restrictions.  That we have been able to reach this point at all is due to a huge effort from the National Health Service and the widespread public support to the various measures however unpalatable they may have seen.  The next stage of the campaign will seem to last for eternity, but one further effort is required to prevent a resurgence of this nasty virus.  Tonight we celebrate the dedication, stamina and hard work of all those involved in the campaign and look ahead to the reawakening of the world we once knew and the reopening of the Castle gates.”

Please click on this link to visit ANGUSalive’s Facebook page for photos, videos and a live stream of the castle light show.