Mearns Connection Festival

Each course of the supper contained the some oat meal.

Each course of the supper contained the some oat meal.

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The popular Mearns Connection Festival celebrated its sixth anniversary last weekend with a whole host of events over three days.

Starting in the Year of the Homecoming in 2009 at the Grassic Gibbon Centre, the theme for this year’s festival was the First World War.

The festival started on Friday evening with a "Oat Meal Supper" at the Grassic Gibbon Centre, Arbuthnott.

The festival started on Friday evening with a "Oat Meal Supper" at the Grassic Gibbon Centre, Arbuthnott.

It was chosen to highlight the effect the conflict had on the people of the Mearns and the reference to this in Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s world famous novel, Sunset Song.

The festival opened with an Oatmeal Supper last Friday, with entertainment from the renowned North-east singer and entertainer, Robert Lovie, along with the 2008 Glenfiddich fiddle champion Raemond Jappy and legendary Scottish folksinger, songwriter and humorist Tich Frier.

The festival chairman, Jim Brown, hosted the supper.

On Saturday, the popular Ballad Bus set off from the Grassic GibbonCentre to travel around the memorials erected in memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Evening entertainment was supplied by Scottish legend, Jimmie Macgregor, who returned for the festival for the second year.

Andrew Young piped in the haggis, mealie pudding, porridge and skirlie.

Andrew Young piped in the haggis, mealie pudding, porridge and skirlie.

Finally, on Sunday, a special service was held in Arbuthnott Church by the Rev Dennis Rose.

The haggis, mealie pudding, porridge and skirlie were addressed by Robert Covie, Tich Frier and Jim Brown.

The haggis, mealie pudding, porridge and skirlie were addressed by Robert Covie, Tich Frier and Jim Brown.

Mearns Connections Festival.

Mearns Connections Festival.

 

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