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. 

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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

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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.

The exhibition in Auchenblae village hall. 

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The exhibition in Auchenblae village hall. Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES

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.

Professor Angela McCarthy and Albert Donald on stage. 

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Professor Angela McCarthy and Albert Donald on stage. Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES

The festival organisers Albert Donald, Marion Robson, Janet Buxton, Isobel Whitton and Tom Lawson. 

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The festival organisers Albert Donald, Marion Robson, Janet Buxton, Isobel Whitton and Tom Lawson. Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES

Photographs from the opening day of the festival in Auchenblae the birthplace of James Taylor "the father of Ceylon Tea". 
Professor Angela McCarthy and Frances Humphreys a relative of James Taylor. 

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Photographs from the opening day of the festival in Auchenblae the birthplace of James Taylor "the father of Ceylon Tea". Professor Angela McCarthy and Frances Humphreys a relative of James Taylor. Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES

Pictured at the plaque unveiling at Mosspark are (front clockwise) Frances Humphreys relative of James Taylor, Jenny Thomson, Professor Angela McCarthy, Tom and Anne Lawson who own the property. 

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Pictured at the plaque unveiling at Mosspark are (front clockwise) Frances Humphreys relative of James Taylor, Jenny Thomson, Professor Angela McCarthy, Tom and Anne Lawson who own the property. Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES

 

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