Jousting and juggling for PR Scotland
Scotland’s ancient capital Dunfermline was teeming with thousands of visitors eager to relive the hustle and bustle of medieval life in the 14th Century.
Now in its eighth year, the Bruce Festival pays homage to King Robert the Bruce by showcasing archery lessons, falconry displays, battle re-enactments and jousting amongst others.
The symbolic link between Dunfermline’s past and present was created spectacular sword pageantry, the highlight of the Festival. At the helm, an exact replica of Robert the Bruce’s enormous sword was paraded through the town by King Robert himself. Lord Charles Bruce, the son of the Earl of Elgin received the sword ceremoniously.
This year’s festival saw the camp made bigger, the combat scenes more authentic and medieval music recreating 14th century Scotland. Visionary of the medieval village was Hugh Robertson, known for his work for the STV series The Greatest Scot.
Maggie Mitchell, chief executive of Bruce Festival organisers for Dunfermline Delivers, was over the moon with the number of visitors it has attracted, saying: “Yesterday there was a great atmosphere and again today it is really nice, with loads of people milling around.”
“Everyone is really friendly and enjoying it all.”
Part of Dunfermline Delivers’ vision is to encourage tourism to the local areas in order to promote the city and build on the existing pride.