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People in crisis to benefit from Burns celebration in Udny Green

By Kirsty Brown

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ABERDEENSHIRE North Foodbank will once again receive a generous four-figure donation from a fundraising Burns supper and ceilidh which took place in Udny Green.

Now in it’s second year, the event was organised by friends Louise McGregor and Jeannie Price who are delighted with the success of their efforts.

They decided to revive a Burns celebration in the village after 20 years without one, and last year raised just over £5000 for the food bank.

This year’s event in the Dr Spence Memorial Hall raised a grand total of £5070.

Udny Green Burns Supper. Picture: Phil Harman
Udny Green Burns Supper. Picture: Phil Harman

Masters of Ceremony for the evening were broadcasting duo Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith, assisted by BBC Radio Scotland colleague Emily Esson who replied on behalf of the lasses.

The haggis was piped in by Gavin Cantlay and addressed by Colin Anderson.

Dr Alastair Maclean gave the Selkirk Grace and the 146 attendees tucked into haggis, neeps, tatties and mince, followed by trifle from Hattoncrook Farm Deli and served by a team of volunteers led by Linda Smith and Kelly Creighton.

The Immortal Memory was given by Mark in the guise of Burns himself and involved a stirring recitation of Tam o’ Shanter.

A melody of Burns tunes was performed by fiddler Jack Christie and My Love is Like a Red Red Rose was beautifully sang by Louise McGregor.

The evening finished with a ceilidh and music from Tolquhon.

Organiser Jeannie Price said: “Not only did we enjoy a fantastic evening of first-rate entertainment, but we are thrilled to have succeeded in raising another fabulous amount.

“Louise and I are blown away by the generosity of local businesses and individuals in supporting our raffle and we are hugely grateful to Udny Community Trust for their support and to Alasdair Macleod Builders for their continued sponsorship.”

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