LEFT, Senior Citizens’ Scottish celebrations: Ruby Mullins, Mavis Cameron and June Owens.
LEFT, Senior Citizens’ Scottish celebrations: Ruby Mullins, Mavis Cameron and June Owens.

Granted: A Scottish-themed party

COLLECTIVELY they may be a smidgin past the half-century mark but that has never stopped Warwick Senior Citizens group from kicking up their heels. Or in this case: twirling the tartan.

The group came together last week to celebrate in true Scottish style, complete with a bagpipe accompanied dish of haggis and highland dancers.

The occasion: A successful funding application from the Jupiter’s Community Benefit Fund. WSC spokeswoman Marg Wilkie said the grant had enabled the popular group to purchase a new stove and a high-tech PA system for the Albert Street quarters.

“We thought we had better celebrate, these sort of grants are invaluable for organisations like ours,” Mrs Wilkie said.

“They enable us to purchase major items, which in turn improves the quality of events for our members.”

As for opting for a Scottish theme, that was in keeping with the heritage of group president Col Cameron.

“We thought it would be nice to have a Scottish celebration in honour of Col’s heritage and the work he does for the organisation,” Mrs Wilkie said.

Fittingly, the personable president was in favour of any event that allowed him to eat that traditional Scottish fare: haggis.

“I love haggis, growing up it was a special occasion delicacy,” Mr Cameron said.

“Something my mother made on January 25 to celebrate Robbie Burns’ birthday.”

After sampling the haggis made by Goomburra member Margaret Bryant, he declared her version “an exception dish”.

“It is more or less offal – the heart, the liver and the lungs of a sheep – but the trick is the way it’s cooked.”

The meal was followed by highland entertainment from the Inverness Studio dancers then stirring renditions of Brigadoon and other equally Gaelic musical offerings.

“I came to Australia in 1957 but I never tire of Scottish music or food,” Mr Cameron said.

The same could possibly be said of the 85-strong throng of senior citizens, who crowded into the rooms for the bagpipe backgrounded celebrations on Thursday.

Although one wag wanted it known he was simply there to try be in the draw for last week’s lucky door prize: 700ml of that intoxicatingly popular import, Scotch whiskey.



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