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Perth is the administrative headquarters of the Perth and Kinross Council area, which includes the following Wards - Carse of Gowrie, Strathmore, Blairgowrie and Glens, Highland, Strathtay, Strathearn, Strathallan, Kinross-shire, Almond and Earn, Perth City South, Perth City North and Perth City Centre. We were hosted to a small civic reception after a parade through the city. Provost John Hulbert of Gowrie addressed the group.
Perth is where the Scottish hometown of Senior Drum Major Norman S MacKenzie is located. His Grandmother was hospitalized there, and the trip was arranged so that the band could parade again and stop in front of the hospital to honour her.
Our three buses, we were told, were to be parked just past the railway bridge beside the River Tay. We were free to shop or eat at our leisure until the time of departure. Some members learned about the favourite eatery of Senior Pipe Major Ross Baxter, and walked over to Toby's Carvery. After dinner, Pat and Doug strolled through Rodney Gardens to return to the buses.