Funding boost for Mearns tea festival

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An ambitious project to celebrate the Mearns’ connection with the tea industry will see Scotland’s first Tea Festival taking place in Laurencekirk.

The scheme will celebrate Scotland’s favourite drink, and raise awareness of the important part Scots have played in the world tea industry, including the great James Taylor of Fordoun.

Three days of exciting events are to be organised for dates yet to be confirmed to cater for everyone, from a teddy bears’ tea picnic and tea clippers to history sessions.

Members of the Kincardine and Mearns area committee this week approved a grant of £5000 from Aberdeenshire Council’s Homecoming

Budget.

It is aimed at supporting projects which celebrate Homecoming Scotland 2014 and attract visitors to the area.

The Dickson Hall Group are organising the event, which will include connecting everyone at home in Scotlandwith those abroad who drink tea.

The story of Scotland’s tea heroes, including Aberdeenshire’s unsung hero James Taylor, will be told and a Guinness Book of Records cream tea is also planned.

The various events will provide real engagement for local people.

More than 30 local organisations and businesses will play a part in providing great experiences and first class hospitality for all visitors.

Speaking at the meeting, Councillor Jean Dick said: “The programme for this is absolutely fantastic, covering all aspects of the tea industry trade.

“There are lots of activities planned, and it should be commended.”