Swapping computers for codpieces has been great for me!

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IT will be a right royal celebration for Alastair Strachan next week.

He will play a key role in the grand opening on June 4 and 5 of Stirling Castle’s stunning Renaissance royal palace following a £12million refurbishment.

Alastair, a former IT professional whose passion for history led him to become a professional costumed performer, is one of the leading players in a 60-strong cast who will bring to life the splendour of the 16th-century Stewart royal court in a weekend of celebrations marking the palace’s opening.

The two-day event – ‘Stirling Castle Presents - a Palace Fit for a Queen’ – features a packed programme of family entertainment and fun activities.

It offers everything from drama and comedy to music and dance, fashion, food and swordfights.

Alastair, from Chryston, will play Lord Erskine, keeper of Stirling Castle and has a key role.

He said: “The grand opening of Stirling Castle’s magnificent Renaissance palace should be a fantastic event and I’m really looking forward to playing my part in such an important occasion and working with the rest of the performers.”

Alastair has taken on many historical roles since leaving the computer industry and has set up his own company to encourage youngsters and adults to learn about the past.

Tickets for the royal palace event can be purchased at www.stirlingcastle.gov.uk