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Laurencekirk and Auchenblae bag the plaudits

Kelly and Michael Bilsland with their daughters Ada and Esther pictured with the Mad Hatter (Maggi McPhee) and Joe Wishart at the tea party in the St. Laurence Hall on Saturday. 

Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES

Kelly and Michael Bilsland with their daughters Ada and Esther pictured with the Mad Hatter (Maggi McPhee) and Joe Wishart at the tea party in the St. Laurence Hall on Saturday. Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES


The last cuppa has been served and last biscuit gone as the kettle gets switched off after Scotland’s first Tea Festival.

With plenty events having taken place across the Mearns, we’ve got some pictures from the three-day event held last weekend.

Kicking off in Auchenblae and celebrating all things tea, one local ‘father of tea’ has rightly taken his place in Mearns folklore.

James Taylor, from the Howe o’ the Mearns, helped pioneer tea-growing in Ceylon which helped saved the nation’s economy.

The festival featured an exhibition on Taylor who is known as ‘the father of tea’ in Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon).

There was also a late arrival to their programme in the form of Lalith Lenadora who conducted a Specialist Ceylon Tea Tasting Experience on Saturday.

 

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