Day 5: Perth
We could not be guests of the people of Perth without a look around the ‘fair city’, whose charity organization Perth in Bloom has gained a number of floral display awards. We spent the morning in the town watching the other German groups, who were in Perth for the twinning celebrations and who were showing their prowess as street musicians. First came the Spessart Highlanders, a pipe band from Germany ably assisted by the local Vale of Atholl drummers. They were followed by the Spielmannszug Schweinheim, with their typical Bavarian music. Finally the March Mellows, a street band from Aschaffenburg, playing a type of Dixieland jazz with a great deal of gusto and humour.
All this made us hungry so we went to the Ring O Bells, a street café, for lunch. Jean then took us to Rodney Gardens on the far bank of the Tay, where we saw some spectacular flowerbeds. Then it was off to Cherrybank, the home of the national heather collection. The day ended with a civic reception and a concert Showcase of Talent in the newly opened Perth Concert Hall. It was hosted by the town of Perth and included performances by German groups and Perth groups having connections with Aschaffenburg.
Perth – on the streets
The Spessart Highlanders with the Vale of Atholl drummers bringing up the rear
The Vale of Atholl drummers
A large drum is a heavy instrument.
A meeting in the town centre with Jessie, Jimmy (the piper), Jean and John
It was then the turn of the Spielmannszug Schweinheim ...
... who had brought along their youngest member
Next came the March Mellows.
Some were trying to follow the music notes ...
... whilst others did without ...
... all watched by the men of Perth
At Ring O Bells. Our table – minus George the photographer. A beautiful day to relax and enjoy a drink.
... myself and Günther waiting for lunch
Perth is a city full of flowers
One of the sculptures scattered around the garden
View of Perth across the river
Jean, John and Ann at Rodney Gardens
Cherrybank, home of the national heather collection – view from the entrance ...
... then sweeping the camera further to the right
Further down the hill a fountain for quiet reflection
One of the most spectacular dales of heather beds
This picture was taken especially for Mário
View of a placid brook meandering across Cherrybank
The path curves back towards the entrance hall ...
... which is now in sight.
Civic reception, concert
Civic reception with speeches by the deputy Provost of Perth, then Katrin on behalf of the Freundeskreis
The March Mellows play outside the new Perth Concert Hall prior to the concert
Frieder studying the concert programme
Rosemarie looking forward to the concert