May be an image of 6 peopleProvost Douglas McAllister and his Deputy Cllr John Millar take the salute with Jill Young MBE, Lord Lieutenant of Dunbartonshire.

By Bill Heaney

Updated on 10 July 2023

A Royal Gun Salute marking the end of the year-long celebrations of Dumbarton’s 800th Anniversary was enjoyed by residents and history enthusiasts at the weekend.

The salute, sounded by the 207 Battery Royal Artillery, was led by Provost Douglas McAllister  accompanied by the Depute Provost John Millar,  Lord Lieutenant Jill Young, Councillors and members of the Police and Scottish Fire, Armed Forces and residents to witness the unique occasion.

Provost McAllister delivered a speech highlighting the significance of the occasion and the history and heritage of Dumbarton. The momentous occasion was followed by a civic reception held in the Church Street offices.

Provost McAllister said: “This is an extraordinary milestone for the town of Dumbarton and we’re so proud we were able to have this event held in such a historic landmark. I feel very proud to be able to witness this occasion and for the local community to come out and support this was fantastic. We’re proud of our heritage and we’re pleased to honour that today with this salute as we look to Dumbarton’s future.

Depute Provost Millar said, “We’re reminded today of all the achievements which Dumbarton has made in the last 800 years. We’ve been at the forefront of many industries and we’ve got so much more to give as a town and as people. This was a historic event and something we can all look back on with pride.

Meanwhile, Armed Forces Day was also held the previous week in Dumbarton and included a parade through the town centre with veterans’ groups, cadets and Scouts all marching.

On arrival at Church Street, a salute was taken by Jill Young MBE, Lord Lieutenant of Dunbartonshire and Provost Douglas McAllister, followed by a short commemorative service in the civic space of Church Street, led by Reverend Stephen A Blakey, Staff Chaplain Scotland.

Provost McAllister said: “Armed Forces day provides us with an opportunity to recognise and honour the bravery, selflessness and commitment to our service personnel. We are immensely proud of those who currently dedicate themselves and have served in the past to protect our nation.

“I would like to thank the Rev Stephen A Blakey for conducting our service and for his inspirational sermon, appreciated by all present.”

Pipe band leads the armed forces parade


Scottish Pipe Band Championships 2023

Saturday 29 July 2023

The Scottish Pipe Band Championships are due to take place at Levengrove Park, Dumbarton, G82 4AF on Saturday 29 July 2023. This is a free event which starts at 9.30am till approximately 6.00pm.  We will welcome 114 pipe bands from as far afield as Australia.

Motor homes are welcome – £20 per night

Limited car parking is available on site – £5

There is no charge for entry to the event.

We have a range of traders offering a wide selection of goods and crafts including:

tartan wear, cakes and bakes, dog goods, hand crafted jewellery, skincare, confectionery, pipe band goods,  face painting, fabrics, tweeds goods, crystals and fairy dresses, prints, photographs, gin and cocktail sampling.  The fun fare will also be on all day and there will be plenty of caterers offering a selection of hot foods, ice creams, crepes and hot drinks.

The events wouldn’t be the same without a refreshing drink and the bar will also be offering a wide range of beers and spirits. 

Download a map of the event arena (pdf 2.4mb)

One comment

  1. The historic Town of Dumbarton is 800 years old, who even knew??
    Our overlords kept this one quiet

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