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ARMSTRONG GATHERING 2013
26—29 JULY BASED AT THE QUEENS HOTEL, LOCKERBIE
We will again be based at the Queens Hotel which offers a suitable venue for both rail and road links as well as special rates for those attending the Gathering through Thursday to Sunday. If you make an early reservation (which is wise) don’t forget to say that you are booking for the Armstrong Gathering. They will offer a special room rate for those nights
The outline of the programme will be:
Thursday 25 July
Early arrivals! If you have booked to stay at the hotel there will be a pack for you at reception so make sure you get it! The hotel serves a good variety of bar meals so you can either eat in all the time on an ad hoc basis and just use the hotel for bed and breakfast. You could also visit Gilnockie Tower by prior appointment.
Friday 26 July
If you are around why not attend the final day of the Langholm Common Riding week? Details at www.langholm-online.co.uk If you so wished Gilnockie Tower could be visited by prior appointment bearing in mind that it would only be accessible from the south due to closures on the A7 due to the common riding events.
Later there will be an informal dinner in the hotel dining room which will be reserved for our exclusive use. The meaning of informal for this occasion is that you order what food you want from the bar menu (at your own expense!) and turn up from 7pm onwards. If you don’t want to eat just turn up, drinks can be purchased from the bar! Sometime during the evening there will be a quick run through the weekend’s programme and everyone can introduce themselves!
Saturday 27 July
Gathering Day! In the morning Gilnockie Tower will be open from 9.30 am for formal Tower visits for those who are new Gatherers. There will be an opportunity to purchase souvenirs from the Clan Shop in the Tower. This will also be the meeting place at 10.30 am for those who wish to go on the “Old Tower Sites” tour. This will include Sark (home of Kinmont Willie) and Morton Kirkyard as well as the site of John’’ Christie’s Tower (now under the farmhouse!) at Barngleish. By necessity this will need to a bit of travel organisation as the sites, although accessible, are unable to cope with a large invasion of cars.
We will have an informal pub lunch (own expense) in Langholm followed by a visit to the Langholm Archive Centre. Those who so wish can then journey up the A7 to Carlenrig to see the place where Johnnie Armstrong and his followers were summarily executed by King James while others could visit the Clan Armstrong Trust’s Museum in Langholm. Those returning from Carlenrig will also be an opportunity after this for a shorter visit the Trust Museum
At the Queen’s we prepare for the Gathering Dinner which will be held in the hotel’s dining room. We will meet at 7pm onwards when the Clan Shop will be open followed by a three course dinner commencing at 7.30 pm with a welcome from Chairman Ted. It will comprise choices in all three courses followed by tea or coffee. A bar will be available in the hotel for individuals to purchase their drinks. After dinner entertainment will be provided. There will be another opportunity to do your clan shopping after the dinner.
Sunday 28 July
The Armstrong Country Tour leaves the hotel approximately 10.00 am. Amongst the sites to see are Lang Sandy at Rowanburn, Tourneyholm at Kershopefoot, Milnholm Cross, Ettleton Cemetery and Mangerton Tower before lunch (purchase your own at the two adjacent hotels at Newcastleton). After a leisurely break in which you could visit Newcastleton’s Liddesdale Heritage Centre (opens 1.30 pm) we will visit Castleton Cemetery and finally Hemitage Castle.
For those still at the Queens there will be an opportunity to visit the Lockerbie Air Disaster Memorial in the early evening.
Monday 29 July
Final farewells from the Queens Hotel after breakfast
HOTEL DETAILS Queens Hotel, Annan Road, Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire, Scotland. DG11 2RB Telephone 01576 202415 Fax 01576 203901 email@example.com www.queenshotellockerbie.co.uk
Please mention “Armstrong Gathering” when booking to qualify for special rates Double B&B £80 per room per night. Single B&B £50 per room per night.
EARLY BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL AS THIS IS A BUSY WEEKEND FOR THE HOTEL
Complete package per person is £30 (46USD, 45AUD, 55NZD, 47CAD) (including the Souvenir Brochure) For other currencies contact your Country Convenor. If you do not wish to have a copy of the Souvenir Brochure deduct £2 (3USD, 3AUD, 3NZD, 47CAD) per person.
This includes the Gathering Dinner and entertainment on Saturday (drinks, except tea or coffee at dinner are not included). (Other food and drink during Saturday and Sunday are at your own expense.)
You can either book on line, sending your cheque/check to your Country Convenor, or send your details, deposit (£10 or $20 per person) and choices of the package you require to your Country Convenor. Please also give the names that the members of your party are known by as well as a contact address, telephone and if available email address.
Please do not assume that just booking with the hotel is sufficient evidence of attendance. We need to know numbers well in advance. However under exceptional circumstances we can arrange participation for a few others after the closing date,
The fee less the deposit if previously paid should be sent to your country convenor by 30 June 2013.
It is assumed that all gatherers will have their own transport. However if this is not the case there has always been spare capacity in other vehicles to accommodate you!