Arrangements for the 800th birthday celebration at Fyvie Castle are complete except for minute logistical details.
Fyvie live is the brainchild of George Walker, OBE who is masterminding the charity event to benefit Aberdeen Royal Infirmary’s Anchor Unit.
George, a former professional show jumper, said: “If somebody told me back then that I’d be organising events like this, I would never have believed them.”
George was honoured with an OBE in the 2011 New Year’s Honours List for his services to charity and received his medal recently from Her Majesty at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
Speaking of the ceremony he said: “It was just the most amazing day. When we went into the Investiture Room, my six-year-old son George managed to charm the man at the door into getting him a front row seat, which meant the family were sitting just six feet in front of the Queen.
“We organised the Queen’s 80th birthday celebrations at Balmoral Castle - it was a similar type of event. The Queen chatted to me about it and she also talked about the Boris Books, which she said were “wonderful”.
“At the Balmoral event we started out with pipes and drums and finished the evening with a performance by Katherine Jenkins. My wife Jen and I always thought it would be great fun to do a similar event and when Robert Lovie of Fyvie Castle pointed out that the castle was 800 years old, we thought this was a wonderful opportunity to hold another concert, and that Friends of Anchor would be the perfect beneficiary.
”Fyvie Castle is the most perfect venue for a concert of this type because it is a natural amphitheatre - the way the land lies means all the sound is contained.”
Gates open at 4pm with an abundance of live music and entertainment on the main stage to begin what is set to be a most splendid evening. Other attractions on site can be enjoyed along with a great selection of top quality food and drink. The concert begins at 7pm with the main line up performing right through to the Grand Finale and fireworks spectacular at 10pm.