Comrie’s Famous Flambeaux Event
Whilst the origins of this ancient custom are lost in the mists of time, the tradition is maintained by local voluntary effort. Each Hogmanay as midnight is announced by the bells of Big Ben the Flambeaux are lit. The torches, consisting of long thick birch poles with tarred rags tightly bound to the tops, are paraded around the village preceeded by the pipe band and followed by a fancy dress parade.
Once the procession returns to Melville Square prizes are presented to the best Fancy Dress competitors and then the torches are cast over the Dalginross Bridge into the waters of the River Earn. This is supposed to signify the casting out of evil spirits.
Many of the villagers follow this on with the custom of ‘First Footing’ which usually involves a dfferent type of spirit entirely!
6.30pm Children’s Fancy Dress Parade
Following the judging of the Fancy Dress parade, anytime after 7.00pm there will be a Fireworks Display at the Boulevard
Prior to midnight the judging of the adult floats takes place
This year there is a new shield to present to the best adult single /pair entry, The Jimmy Stewart Shield.
Then at midnight the Flambeaux Parade commences with Comrie Pipe Band leading the Flambeaux
Thereafter the main parade will commence with the lighting of the Flambeaux at midnight and setting off from Melville Square on the usual route round the village.
We encourage folks to dress up to join the parade with topical Fancy Dress and small scale floats or carrying items to show off their fancy dress. There is a new shield to win this year (The Jimmy Stewart Sheild).
This event has changed little for as long as anyone can remember. There have been small changes due policing and health and safety issues and also the fireworks are relatively new, but we do try to keep it as traditional as possible.
The Flambeaux Committee hope this is of help to you and that you will be joining with us in the Hogmanay celebrations.
The Comrie Fortnight is an annual festival held in the village annually on the last week in July and the first week in August. The Comrie Fortnight was originally started by Jack Elliot and Mrs Palmer, in the late 1960’s, to coincide with the traditional Glasgow Trades Fortnight. Scotland has local holidays at various times of the year, (eg September) and also trade fairs fortnight. Edinburgh’s is the first two weeks in July, Glasgow’s is the 3rd and 4th weeks in July.
The traditional has evolved over the years and the festival now runs a whole range of activities from competitions to outings, from dances to the parade ensure that there is something to suit everybody.
The final day of the Fortnight consists of a float parade through the village to the Laggan Park where an afternoon of fun events takes place.
The booking office opens in the White Church on Saturday, June 23.
Saturday 23rd July: 2pm-4pm.
Sunday 24th July to Thursday 4th August: 10am-noon & 2pm-4pm
For all the latest news please visit the Comrie Fortnight Facebook page
Comrie Golf Club, founded in 1891, is one of the most picturesque and senic courses in the country, and the current 9 hole layout was designed by James Braid, who won the Open Championship 5 times in the early 1900s.
Situated on the Laggan Braes at the eastern end of the village, the course makes full use of the natural topography, and all the holes are of interest. There are wonderful views from the course over the village and the surrounding Perthshire hills, and it is always kept in beautiful condition. We frequently receive letters expressing thanks for the friendly welcome and congratulations on the superb upkeep of the course.
Situated just 20 minutes from Gleneagles, venue for the 2014 Ryder Cup and 2019 Solheim Cup, the course has nurtured many good players over the years, including former Curtis Cup golfer Carly Booth, who now plays on the Ladies European Tour, and her brother Wallace, a former Walker Cup and Challenge Tour professional.
Whether you are a beginner or an experienced golfer, you will find a warm welcome and Comrie will not disappoint. We offer free club hire to visitors without their own equipment; trolleys and golf buggies are available too. After your round, enjoy the excellent catering by our award winning chef Bill McGuigan.
The clubhouse is open daily from 9am to 4pm (April – September), and non golfers are welcome to use the facilities too – why not call in for a delicious cup of coffee and a bite to eat?
We look forward to seeing you.
Comrie Golf Club
Many congratulations to Comrie in Colour – Congratulation on another fantastic win and acknowledgement for all your hard work! Comrie is so proud of your achievements !
Here is a wee report from Muriel Gregory of Comrie in Colour:
Last week was the awards ceremony at the Beach Ballroom Aberdeen and we were there to receive our awards. This year we came away with GOLD in the Large Village Category and were even more surprised to pick up the category for Community Involvement Award.
So to everybody who helped ,’Thank you ‘ for helping Comrie win these awards.
Wednesday 11th September sees us at the Take a Pride in Perthshire awards.
The Judges said the following …
‘The first thing to catch your eye in Comrie are the stunning hanging baskets filled with begonia which are saved and stored for the next season. Throughout the village there are containers and beds brimming over with colour. There is variety of planting in the many beds and containers. The four themed beds at Mid Square have a well-chosen range of shrubs, perennials, annuals,herbs and vegetable. Cultybraggan,the group’s base, housed the polytunnel to grow the summer planting, vegetable and herbs assisted by young adults with additional needs. The allotments and fruit tree area are well maintained and productive. Comrie Primary School has a variety of growing areas and is a role model for other schools.’
Now we just have to wait till Wednesday for the Take a Pride in Perthshire Awards.
If anyone has some spare time and would like to come along and help us on a Monday or Thursday afternoon contact Muriel Gregory 01764 670 493 – no experience necessary.
Comrie Pipe Band was formed in the 1920’s. One of the prime movers behind the band was Mr. Alexander McGregor who headed a Committee which raised funds to provide uniforms for those who could not buy their own and also to pay for the equipment.
The band plays at many functions throughout Perthshire.
Anyone interested in joining please follow the link to the Comrie Pipe Band website or check out our Facebook page.