7 March 1997

Highland Fling goes with zing

THE Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institution, which this year celebrates 100 years of helping needy people in agriculture and rural industries, will be more than £3000 better off after a dance held in Strichen, Aberdeenshire.

This was the fifth annual Highland Fling, organised by a committee of farmers wives who have raised more than £14,000 for the charity. This year, the buffet, highland dancing and convivial company attracted more than 200 guests from the north-east of Scotland.

Proceeds from each of the dances have been donated to the RSABI, which supports 340 people who have been involved in rural occupations with grants of £600, and pays their television licence fees each year. It also provides a further 100 one-off grants to help people in time of crisis.

The farmers wives responsible for the fun and the fund raising at the Aberdeenshire Highland Fling were (L to R) Margaret Anderson, Janette Fotheringham, Hilda Fowlie, Ann Watson, Kate Gall and Margaret Penny.