Over 100 attend RNLI ‘haggis nicht’ festivities

Fraserburgh Lifeboat SOS.
Fraserburgh Lifeboat SOS.

The Royal British Legion’s hall was packed last Saturday night for Fraserburgh Lifeboat’s ‘Scottish O Sweet’ haggis, mince, neeps and tatties nicht’.

The evening started when volunteer crew member John May piped in the haggis which was carried by retired second coxswain Victor Sutherland senior and was addressed by Lifeboat Operations Manager Walter Ironside’s nephew, Kevin.

Reverend Peter Park said grace and then young and old enjoyed heaped plates with generous helpings of haggis, mince, neeps and tatties followed by a huge amount of puddings washed down with coffee, tea and shortbread.

SOS goers were then entertained by Brian Allan’s band, Brian a former crew member and father of current volunteer Amy, who played drums, and lifeboat mechanic Gipper Ainsley’s Disco with dancing late into the night.

All the preparation, cooking serving and clearing up was done by members of the volunteer lifeboat crew and friends.

Current coxswain Victor Sutherland said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who made Saturday night’s Scottish O Sweet haggis, mince, neeps and tatties nicht such a huge success, thank you for all the sweets and puddings, thank you for all the donations of raffles, thank you to Brian Allan and his band and Gippers disco, thank you to everyone who helped in preparing all the food and hall, but especially to those who came along and made the evening such a great success.

“Thank you one and all.”

In total, Mr Sutherland estimated that over 100 people attended the evening.