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Aberdeen Oat Cookies

As promised we bring you news this week of the Wallace 700 Commemoration events in Aberdeen and Stonehaven from Friday 19 August to Sunday 21 August 2005. 

The magnificent Wallace Statue at Schoolhill, Aberdeen, will see the first event on Friday 19 August when wreath-laying and speeches will be held there at 8.15pm, organised by Jim Singer.  A folk concert follows in the Forum, Skene Terrace (about 5 minutes walk from the statue) featuring folk duo Shiltrum and Clann An Drumma on the return from a successful tour of the USA.  Featuring a piper and several drummers they are an outstanding addition to the world of Scottish music.  Tickets £7.50 are available from Jim Singer, tel 07973 270723. 

Saturday 20 August sees the traditional Wallace march and speeches at Stonehaven to remember that in 1297 William Wallace joined the Scots besieging Dunnottar Castle and helped them take the castle back under Scottish control.  The march to Dunnottar Castle starts at 2pm and will mark the 25th year of this commemoration being held.  After the march, wreath-laying and speeches a Wallace Day Concert will be held in the Stonehaven Town Hall - doors open 7pm.  The concert features the premier Scottish folk duo Gaberlunzie  and Clann An Drumma.  Tickets, £7.50. are available from Brendan McCabe, tel 01569 730859.

Aberdonians will have another chance to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the judicial murder of Sir William Wallace on Sunday 21 August, in a series of events commencing with a vigil of solitary pipers at the Wallace Statue at 11am.  The provisional programme is detailed below. See for more information.

12.15pm - 1.00pm Childrens Concert of music/song/recitation in Union Terrace Gardens
1.30pm Procession leaves Wallace Statue
1.35pm Musical Entertainment at Wallace Statue
2pm Wreath Laying Ceremony begins

Grampian Police Pipe Band perform at Wallace Statue

2.20pm Rev John Anderson introduces the ceremony
2.25pm Wallace Address by David Hyman

Wreaths laid

2.50pm Primary School’s pageant in front of Wallace Statue
3.15pm Loirston Drama Group procession accompanied by “Medieval Musicians”,
followed by Arbroath Declaration extract.
3.30pm Dedication by Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney
3.35pm Performance by all Pipe Bands
3.50pm Ceremony Ends

Aberdeen appropriately supplies our recipe for this week - Aberdeen Oat Cookies.

Aberdeen Oat Cookies
Ingredients:  100g soft margarine; 50g caster sugar; 125g self raising flour;  25g rolled oats

Method:  Cream the margarine and sugar together.  Gradually work in the flour.  Form into balls, about 1 inch square, and toss in the oats.  Place on a greased baking sheet and flatten with a fork.  Bake at 180°C, 350°F or Gas Mark 4 for 15 minutes.

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