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Young Farmers' centenary cake goes down a treat at Wick care home


By Alan Hendry

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Eva Swanson handing over the cake to carer Rebecca Gow at Seaview House.
Eva Swanson handing over the cake to carer Rebecca Gow at Seaview House.

Residents at a Wick care home have been tucking in to a showstopper cake that was created to mark the 100th anniversary of Caithness Young Farmers.

The surprise treat was delivered to Seaview House by Eva Swanson, a past member of Watten Young Farmers, following the centenary ball held at the Assembly Rooms in Wick.

Staff and residents at the care home had been reading about the event, attended by 350 past and present Young Farmers, in the Caithness Courier on Wednesday – including a front-page photo of the cake being cut by Eva along with Isla Mackay, a member of the Bower club.

The cake was baked for the event by Helen Campbell, and iced by Meg and Isla Mackay. Alison McDonald made the tablet for it.

The cake had been entered in a prize draw and then gifted back to the organising team, who in turn decided to gift it to the residents of Seaview House.

Eva brought the cake to Seaview House and handed it over to carer Rebecca Gow.

Activities coordinator Mandy Wilson said: “We were just reading about it in the paper in the morning, and all of a sudden the cake appeared at our door.

“In all honesty I was nearly crying. She kept saying, 'I'm so glad we came here to Seaview with it because you are so grateful for it.'

Willie Cuthbertson was delighted to get a slice of cake from the Young Farmers' centenary event.
Willie Cuthbertson was delighted to get a slice of cake from the Young Farmers' centenary event.

“I was just so delighted that they thought of us, to give us the cake, because what an amazing cake it is – the detail on it. It was a joint effort and it must have taken them a long time to make it.

"We had it for afternoon tea and oh my God, it was lovely!”

The centenary ball was the high point of a busy programme of activities marking the first 100 years of the Young Farmers movement. At the end of September a commemorative stone was unveiled at the old Lanergill school, where the first Young Farmers club in the country was formed in 1923.

Seaview House provides nursing care, residential care and respite care.

The special cake was put into a prize draw and then gifted back.
The special cake was put into a prize draw and then gifted back.
Margaret Jappy was one of the residents enjoying a piece of the centenary cake.
Margaret Jappy was one of the residents enjoying a piece of the centenary cake.
Gavin Bowers tucking in to some of the cake donated to Seaview House.
Gavin Bowers tucking in to some of the cake donated to Seaview House.
Some of the farming-themed decorations on the Young Farmers' centenary showstopper.
Some of the farming-themed decorations on the Young Farmers' centenary showstopper.

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