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Record visitor numbers flock to Celebration of the Centuries at Fort George

15 August 2012

                                               Seven year old Ennis Stirling from Marybank, near Inverness, tries his hand at being a Roman Soldier with Martin McCafferty of the Antonine Guard

It was a record-breaking weekend for visitor numbers at last weekend’s Celebration of the Centuries at Fort George, Historic Scotland’s biggest annual event.

Gillian Urquhart, Events Manager at Historic Scotland said: “We are delighted to report that this was a record-breaking weekend for Celebration of the Centuries and we welcomed nearly 7,500 visitors.

“We have had really good feedback, with the new addition of a Mustang being a key highlight alongside the Spitfire.  It was really good to see the Fort so busy. There was so much to see and do that some people attended on both days and it was an added bonus that the weather was so good.

“This is a great family event which appeals to all ages with activities ranging from the spectacular opening parade from Roman times up to the fighting troops of the 20th century, living history camps and dancing to the Big Band sound of the 1940s.

"We are already planning next year’s Celebration of the Centuries weekend and hope it will be even bigger and better.”



Notes for editors

  1. Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with ensuring that our historic environment provides a strong foundation for a successful future for Scotland. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.

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  3. 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: www.visitscotland.com/creative

  4. 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  www.visitscotland.org/yearofcreativescotland-toolkit


                                                       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
jennifer.johnstonwatt@scotland.gsi.gov.uk