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A day at the races as a touch of Royal Ascot comes to Wick for Ladies' Tea Party


By David G Scott

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A Wick hotel saw a resplendent display of clothing and millinery creations for a charity Ladies' Tea Party.

The Mackays Hotel ballroom was filled to the gunwales with a vast array of colours from the outfits and hats worn by women who attended a special fundraiser for MS People Caithness (MSPC).

Charity cheques are handed over at the MS People Caithness event at Mackays Hotel in Wick. Claire Farmer-McEwan, Torrie Farmer, Abby Durrand who presented a cheque for £300 from Simpson's contractors, Angela Gray receives the cheque on behalf of MS People Caithness, Aileen Miller, Louise Cormack presents a cheque for £1000 from MM Miller Wick Ltd, Jan McEwan, Sharon Barclay, Yvonne Cormack [also presenting the cheque] and Alison Gray. Pictures: DGS
Charity cheques are handed over at the MS People Caithness event at Mackays Hotel in Wick. Claire Farmer-McEwan, Torrie Farmer, Abby Durrand who presented a cheque for £300 from Simpson's contractors, Angela Gray receives the cheque on behalf of MS People Caithness, Aileen Miller, Louise Cormack presents a cheque for £1000 from MM Miller Wick Ltd, Jan McEwan, Sharon Barclay, Yvonne Cormack [also presenting the cheque] and Alison Gray. Pictures: DGS

Jan McEwan MBE, chair and founding member of MSPC, received donations and cheques on behalf of the charity and said: "We received £300 from Simpsons contractors and £1000 from MM Miller in Wick. We also got a lot of donations from local businesses too."

MS event at Mackays Hotel.
MS event at Mackays Hotel.

The special tea party included a flutter on the day's horse racing and bets were placed to make it seem like a real Royal Ascot outing. Mackays Hotel was filled with a vast array of hatinators, fascinators, clutch bags and designer outfits that would have been well suited to the dress code of the Royal Enclosure.

"I just want to thank everyone who came and gave us their continued support to help all the people in Caithness, and their families, that suffer from MS," added Jan. She said that donations are still coming in but the the event has raised well over £2000 towards the charity.

Jan also said she was grateful to all who attended as well as companies and individuals who contributed including Mackays Hotel and staff, David Miller, Simpsons, Puldagon Farm, Norseman Hotel, Tesco Wick, Salt Store, Headlines, Katrina's spa, Alison McDermot and all "too numerous to name" who donated to the raffle.

Sutherland Brothers also gave four cases of prosecco to liven the day up a bit for those who wanted a bit more than a cup of tea.

For more information on MSPC please visit its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mspeoplecaithness/


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