It was all milk and two sugars lastThursday when Scotland’s Tea Festival was officially launched in the Dickson Hall, Laurencekirk.
The festival will take place from August 22-24 in Auchenblae and Laurencekirk with a wide range of events planned over the three days.
Members of the community, councillors and organisers were all in attendance for the official launch which took the form of a ‘Mad Hatters’ tea party .
Idea for a Tea Festival was to ‘celebrate all things tea-related and educate people about James Taylor, who is known as ‘the father of tea’ in Sri Lanka.
The young man from the Howe o’ the Mearns helped pioneer tea-growing in Ceylon which helped saved the nation’s economy.
Oraganiser Marion Robson said at the launch: “We are also celebrating tea with all sorts of things - from tea tasting, tea ceremonies, tea cocktails and a teddy bears’ tea picnic.
“We start on Friday, August 22, and with that we are having an opening with the James Taylor Exhibition at the Heritage centre in Auchenblae.
“We thought it would only be right to kick it off beside James Taylor’s old house near Auchenblae.”
The festival has been funded through awards and grants from Homecoming Scotland, Aberdeenshire Council, Community Food Funds, Awards for all and other Mearns groups and individuals .