Clans from far and wide gather for Games ceilidh

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Clan members from across the world flock to Deeside each year to gather in Aboyne for the annual Highland Games in August.

Some travel from as far afield as Australia for the Games, and now there is another event to make their trip even more worthwhile.

Following a visit to the Aboyne Highland Games a number of years ago, Pam Rotheroe-Hay, a member of Clan Hay, felt it would be a good idea to provide further entertainment to visitors from far and wide.

With this in mind she organised a ceilidh a couple of years ago, which was a great success. Last year a similar event was organised by Clan Burnett at Woodend Barn, thanks to the current Clan Chief, Jamie Burnett.

Following discussions between the Hays and the Burnetts, this became an annual program of events for locals and visitors, thus encouraging people to be more involved in Clan events and to bring business into the area.

This year’s ceilidh will take place in Crathes Hall on Friday, August 1, the eve of the Aboyne Highland Games, with doors open at 7 and supper at 7.30pm.

Food and a bar will be provided by The Cow Shed, with music by the Andy Linklater and Rob McCombie band with singer Pandy Arthur. Tickets bought before July 25 cost £15 instead of £25, and are available on 07777672059 or