A Handover with an added bonus

On Sunday evening 28th June and following the District 1010 Handover the stunning Dunrobin Castle and its gardens were bathed in mid summer sunshine as over 400 members of Sutherlands “county set” joined the Rotary Club of East Sutherland and many other Rotarians and their wives from our District to enjoy a fabulous Charity Garden Party.

The dress code was “posh but cosy” but the weather encouraged a cross between Country Casual and the outrageous with one young lady parading a Bunny Girl outfit complete with ears and fish nets!

The evening was a huge success full of laughter and applause as the Rotary Club proved that it knows how to run a party like no other.

“The entertainment was brilliant!!” was the frequently heard comment

The Sutherland Schools Pipe band—played on the castle balcony as the guests arrived and later on the lawn to rapturous applause

The youngsters from the Rankin Theatre and Dance put on a great show from the London set they will perform in their autumn event, with music from My Fair Lady and Oliver and much more—they added that special charm and talent as Mel led them in “Feed the Birds” from Mary Poppins.

The Strathfleet Buttons and Bows orchestra (no mere band these musicians!) they sparkled and had everyone tapping their feet to “reel” music under the enigmatic Monica McLean’s leadership

And Dunrobin!s resident Falconry team were in fancy dress or was that really Harry Potter helping Andy put on a fun filled and inspiring demonstration—fabulous!

And if all this was not enough:-

  • There was the Pimms Tent courtesy of Clynlish and Diagio
  • The Rotary beer and wine tent
  • There was Hog Roast to die for
  • And tables groaning under delicious puddings and enough strawberries and cream to feed the Wimbledon crowds
  • And it was all free if you had given a donation to support the 4 Charities nominated by the Rotary club to share the money raised on their Rotary Day.

Highland Hospice, Combat Stress, Hearing Research UK and Rotary Foundation , the charity that delivers so much support in health and in education around the world and provides practical help wherever there is and emergency

The generous people of Sutherland as always came up trumps and helped raise just under £10,000 for these and local community groups!

Organiser Alistair Risk, on behalf of the Rotary Club thanked the hundreds who attended or made donations for their fabulous support that made the event possible.

“This was 'Rotary in Action' supported by a wonderful Community—Thank You!”