Living Lerwick are delighted to declare the ‘Peerie Jubilee Spree’ event as a great success – with the sun even coming out to shine on the crowds who gathered all through the day and evening to enjoy the festivities at the weekend.

From the event opening at 11am through to closing at 9pm, the south end of Commercial Street was busy with hundreds of people of all ages enjoying the music, games, facepainting and fantastic atmosphere.

‘The Queen’ herself even made an appearance at one point during the day – looking resplendent, complete with a pair of yellow marigolds!

In introducing the event, Living Lerwick Chairman Steve Mathieson said that Lerwick town centre were delighted to host this occasion and that in addition to the important Jubilee celebrations, the Spree was also a thank-you to the Shetland community for support of local businesses over recent challenging times. Deputy Convener, Bryan Peterson, then formally opened the event.

Living Lerwick Project Manager, Emma Miller said “We had the most fantastic day. The weather really held up for us and the area was really busy all day with families enjoying the event. It was just brilliant to see the community coming together and being able to enjoy a public event like this with smiling faces everywhere.

“I want to express our sincere thanks to the Shetland Gymnastics Club and Lerwick Amateur Swimming Club for their volunteer help with set up, take down and stewarding and to the others who dropped in to help out throughout the event. The bands who provided such a great line up of musical entertainment and to the bar staff from the Thule who kept everyone refreshed! We are also very grateful to Christena Inkster, Babs Clubb and the volunteers from the Lerwick RNLI who calmly managed the constant, patient, queues of bairns waiting to have their faces painted and play games. And a massive thanks also to Derek Hendry and his team at Active Audio for help with preparation and PA systems. Thanks finally, to Bryan Peterson who opened the event in his first public appearance as Deputy Convener.”

Peerie Jubilee Spree (by Ben Mullay)

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