Ardrossan Castle Carnival 2016 105, Castle Hill 18 June 2016
The first Ardrossan Castle Carnival was held on 18 June 2016 to commemorate the meeting of the Privy Council in Ardrossan exactly 470 years earlier on 18 June 1546. The Privy Council was the equivalent of the Cabinet of the Scottish Government. The meeting was chaired by Lord James Hamilton, regent to the four-year-old Mary, Queen of Scots, and effective King of Scotland. The celebration was hosted by Ardrossan Castle Heritage Society.
The horse joust was opened by Lord Hugh and Countess Mariota Montgomerie, owners of Ardrossan Castle in 1546. Alastair Morriarty, holding the shield, and Nicole Postlethwaite, wearing the green dress, acted as the Lord and Countess. They are flanked by Ardrossan Castle Heritage Society members Alison Montgomery on the left and Amanda Simpson.