Thursday, 27 August 2009

Broon's Blethers

We launched our winter season of talks and entertainments by welcoming a popular local figure Jim Broon of Newtyle, a celebrated musician, vintage tractor aficionado and raconteur. ‘Broon’s Blethers’ attracted a big crowd to the meeting in Eassie School, Balkeerie, speaking of his time in Ingliston bothy, only a stone’s throw from the school.

The talk on bygone days by the author of ‘Brocht Up In The Country – An Agribiography’ ranged beyond the parish to his exploits in the Angus Glens, the city of Dundee and on a fishing trip to Orkney. After dismantling his button key accordion to demonstrate that it was in effect three mouth organs blown by bellows, he reassembled it and played a tune named in honour of an Orkney farmer.

Jim concluded the evening by drawing the winning numbers of our 50/50 lottery, Margaret Robertson of Cookston won first prize - £74.65 while consolation prizes of £9.34p went to Ken and Margaret Durston of Balkeerie and to Miriam Cosgrove of Kirkinch.

Jim’s book is available from any good bookshop in the district or from Jim on 01828 650453 price £7.50.