Written by Alasdair Maclean
The grounds of Glamis Castle near Kirriemuir, family home of HM The Queen Mother, hosted the annual Glamis Extravaganza, produced by Strathmore Veteran and Vintage Car Club.
And as many visitors could reasonably expected to be what some would call “petrol-heads”, the event also featured a display from St John Scotland’s local supporters, on the lookout as ever for potential patient transport drivers and First Responders, and other supporters.
St John Scotland’s stall offered CPR activity with the latest inflatable Resusci-Anns, a major advantage, as when deflated they occupy much less space -- and weigh a lot less for those lugging them as well.
On a weekend of largely glorious weather (Saturday), and not quite so glorious (Sunday), quite a few young visitors tried their hand at CPR, and had Save a Life For Scotland explained to them, before being listed as potential members of the 500,000 lifesavers the organisation seeks to train.
Others were content to pick up sticks, some with coloured ends which won prizes – though the major winner was not a child, more a well-established bus-pass holder.
However the granny in question was pleased to hand back her winnings to aid patient transport.
As to possible volunteers, one visitor did request full details of being a First Responder and also how to join as a patient transport driver; but as she had yet to finish primary school, she remains only a future possibility.
Nevertheless, supporters manning the St John Scotland stall were heard to mention the need for planning ahead . . .