Doric Dirl a sell-out event

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Local Doric Festival event the Deeside Doric Dirl was a sell-out event on Thursday, October 13.

The Doric Festival, now in its 17th year, ran from Friday, September 30 to Sunday, October 16, with a number of events happening all over the North-east to celebrate local language, songs, music and traditions. The Deeside Doric Dirl was just one of these events.

Deeside Activity Park at Dess, near Aboyne, hosted this event and a sell-out crowd of more than 160 guests enjoyed the entertainment and the Cairnton Aberdeen Angus stovies served at the interval.

“It was grand to see so many people out enjoying the event, and wonderful to have world renowned fiddler, Paul Anderson, back with us at the Dirl as our headline act,” said Ken Howie, owner of the Deeside Activity Park and MC on the evening, who even persuaded his young daughter to tell a J C Milne poem on the night.

He added: “We had the old favourite entertainers, such as Haldie Winton, Rob McCombie and Jim Riddoch, but some new entertainers for this year, the Aurora Scottish Country Dancers, Shona Donaldson and Kerry Riddoch.”

In the words of one guest at the event: “Man, I fair enjoyed mysel’ at the Doric Dirl and the stovies were afa fine an’ went roon my hairt like a hairy worm. The entertainment was gran’ especially the fidler.”

Deeside Activity Park is also to hold a bonfire and fireworks night from 5pm to 6.30pm on November 6, with a free bus provided by E&M Lees, leaving Lumphanan at 4.45pm. This is free to all and there will be a barbecue and other catering.

A Burns’ lunch is to be held at 12.30pm on January 22 2012, where those attending will get the chance to enjoy some of the entertainment from the Dirl again.

For more information, call the park on (013398) 83536.