Inverurie hosts Ukraine-Scotland social evening
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UKRAINE met Scotland at a very success entente cordiale social evening at Inverurie community campus on Monday.
A vivid illustrated insight into the Ukraine was delivered by Olha Avetisova and her husband Erik.
They fled their home at the beginning of the Russian invasion when Kharkiv was one of the first cities to be bombed continuously.
They spent several weeks sheltering in their basement with their baby son Richard until they were able to escape through Poland.
On Monday it was a joy to see them, now happily settled in Methlick.
Said Erik:" It is a very friendly community with lots of beautiful countryside around us for Richard to explore."
Ukrainian art dealer Mykola Zinchenko of Promotion Gallery had brought a poignant painting by one of his artists of a peaceful seacape in the Crimea, now sadly, annexed to Russia.
Entertainers included Inverurie choral society, CeltAcad, Garioch Fiddlers, Highland dancing displays and a bagpipe solo.
To eat there was Ukranian borscht complemented by haggis and shortbread.
Provost Judy Whyte, president of Inverurie Rotary thanked all who had taken part to make the evening such a success and praised all those involved in the organisation including the Rotary of Inverurie, Ythan Valley Rotary, Inverurie Academy and Rotary Kharkiv International.