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Countdown to this weekend’s Celebration of the Centuries at Fort George

8 August 2012

                               P-51 Mustang

It is countdown to Historic Scotland’s largest event of the year, ‘Celebration of the Centuries’ in the magnificent setting of Fort George, one of the finest military fortifications in Europe.

The event, taking place this weekend on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th August 2012, from 11:30 to 4.30 pm, will celebrate all of Scotland’s fascinating past.

This year’s highlight will be the exciting new addition of an American Mustang, which will feature in a thrilling aerial display with a Spitfire, the most famous British fighter plane of World War II.  

Gillian Urquhart, Events Manager at Historic Scotland said:  “This is our biggest event of the year and the atmosphere at the Fort is always really buzzing.  

“We are thrilled that Event Scotland has assisted with funding to enable us to feature a World War II Mustang which will fly alongside the Spitfire.

“EventScotland has also assisted us to provide a free shuttle bus service from Union Street in the centre of Inverness to the Celebration of the Centuries event at Fort George.  The buses will run half hourly starting at 9.30am, with the last collection from the Fort at 5.30pm.”  A

The day will commence with a grand parade from Roman times taking you through the centuries up to the fighting troops of the 20th century, featuring re-enactors from all over Britain taking part. With colourful living history camps, combat skills in the main arena, dancing to the Big Band sound of the 1940s, colourful parades with Roman Soldiers right through to soldiers from the second world war, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

For information

Adults  £11:00  Concession £8.80  Child £6.20
Family tickets available
Buy tickets on line in advance and save 10% at :
Guaranteed free entry to Historic Scotland members – simply show your membership card on the day

IMAGE COPYRIGHT – The Old Flying Machine

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  • The Year of Creative Scotland began on January 1, 2012 and will spotlight and celebrate Scotland’s cultural and creative strengths on a world stage. Through a dynamic and exciting year-long programme of activity celebrating our world-class events, festivals, culture and heritage, the year puts Scotland’s culture and creativity in the international spotlight with a focus on cultural tourism and developing the events industry and creative sector in Scotland. More information about the programme can be found at:

  • The Year of Creative Scotland is a Scottish Government initiative led in partnership by EventScotland, VisitScotland, Creative Scotland and VOCAL. More information and resources to help businesses engage with Year of Creative Scotland are available at

                                                       Year of Creative Scotland 2012

For further information

Jennifer Johnston-Watt
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8070 or 07827 956 866