Although it is very disappointing news that the Braemar Gathering has been cancelled for a second year in a row due to Covid, I absolutely believe the crowds will come back in their droves to Highland shows and agricultural events across the North East, as soon as it’s safe to do so. They form a major part of our identity.
The Braemar Gathering attracts around 15,000 to the village every year and is a key driver for the local economy each summer. Not only that, it’s a lot of fun for the area and a great time to catch up with friends and family for many.
Last year at Holyrood I was pleased to highlight the organisers’ innovation in holding a virtual event. Another year with no physical Gathering will be difficult, but the loss of key events in the rural calendar will be felt across Scotland.