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                Baird of Bute - Centenary Week Celebrations

 New  - Watercolour painting of Baird's 1910 Flight at Ettrick Bay by Andrew Black 2010 


 Baird Centenary Events of September 20th - 25th 2010

See Youtube video at bottom of this page 

Monday September 20 week

  • Baird Assemblies were held at all three of Bute's schools - Rothesay Joint Campus, St Andrews in Rothesay and North Bute in Port Bannatyne. Pictured below Chris Markwell addresses the students at Rothesay Joint Campus and shows them the new Baird of Bute Power Point Presentation. 


  • Baird of Bute Colouring Contest introduced at each of the three schools              

Thursday September 23

  • Buteman features an articles on Andrew Baird and the Baird of Bute centenary celebrations see ("Press Articles" tab and below)


 Friday September 24

  • 3:30 pm - The Baird family, visiting from Arbroath, begin their Baird of Bute weekend by being officially welcomed to Bute at Mount Stuart by senior members of the Marquess' staff and presented with a quaich that recognizes the centenary achievements of their forefather.  The presentation is made by the CEO of Mount Stuart Connie Lovel to Andrew II and proudly received by he and his son Andrew III. 


  • 6:00 pm - Ceremony of Remembrance at High Kirk cemetery Rothesay. Andrew II unveils new memorial plaque on the Baird family headstone.                   




 Saturday September 25 - Baird Day Centenary Celebrations


  • pre 10:30 a.m.     More than 20 participating planes from all over Scotland arrive at Bute airstrip where their pilots are welcomed, recognized and presented with a Baird centenary souvenir. The "Baird Centenary Fly-In Pilots trophy" is also unveiled which will be engraved with the names of all the pilots who participated in this remarkable day. 





                       Chris Markwell welcomes the particpating pilots from all over Scotland

11:00 a.m.   Ceremonies at Kingarth Airstrip to rename it in honour of Andrew Baird. Scores of visitors view the display of participating planes.


  • 12:00 noon.  The First flight from, and back to, the newly named Baird Aistrip was taken by 91 year old Andrew Baird II (his first ever in a small plane).    



  • 2:00 p.m.     Rothesay Pipe Band signals the commencement of the ceremonies at Ettrick Bay.


  • 2:00 p.m.     Distribution of 200 rainbow kites to Bute schoolchildren.


  •  2:10 p.m.    Presentation of Baird plane propeller at Ettrick Bay. It's first time back in Bute or at the beach since its historic achievement exactly 100 years before (on loan from Lanark Museum).


 2:15 p.m.     Unveiling of the Baird Memorial by Andrew Baird II the and Dedication Ceremonies.


    2:25 p.m.     Speeches and presentation of centenary plaques to participating dignitaries.




 2:30 p.m.     Ettrick Bay Flyover by more than 20 invited planes from Andrew Baird Field.






Sunday September 25th - Bute Estate/Mansion House "Stables" at the High Street

 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm - Scores of schoolchildren and their families meet the Bairds and hear who won the colouring contests. The Bairds proudly display the original propeller from the 1910 flight (on loan from Lanark Museum). The winners from all three schools are pictured here with the Bairds.




                                                               October 7, 2010



                                                    October 28, 2010



                               For more photos of the Centenary Celebrations, see:



*** Watch this Youtube Video made by participating pilot Fergus McCann OBE ***



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