Meldrum to welcome Canadian guests

A GROUP of ten Canadian Rotarians are set to arrive in Scotland today (Thursday), on the first leg of an exchange visit which will see a similar group of Scottish Rotarians visit Canada during September.

During their three-week stay the visitors, who come from the Canadian Maritime Provinces of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, will be hosted in the homes of local Rotarians from around the North of Scotland District, including members of the Oldmeldrum Club.

During their time in the North-east time they will visit Stirling, Dundee, Orkney and Aboyne, before coming to Oldmeldrum. As part of their stay locally, they will visit the cattle market at Thainstone, as well as being guests at the Turriff Show on Sunday, August 1.

The visitors will then round off their tour with opportunities for further sightseeing in Scotland, the rest of the UK and Europe.

Iain Macdonald, Rotary District Governor for the area said that the Canadian visitors could expect great home hosting during their stay.

“It’s a chance for our visitors to enjoy Scottish hospitality, our lifestyle, customs and experience our culture,” he said.

“They will doubtless, on their travels, have a chance to enjoy our national drink, taste our haggis and hear the pipes.

“They will tour our area, and enjoy visits, events and attractions”, he continued. “Their hosts, knowing their locality well, will show the highlights of their area and also take them down the byways to places tourists seldom see.

“They will be taken to Rotary Club meetings, functions and events to meet other Rotarians both formally and informally. During the visit they will see castles, distilleries and visit, at the end of their stay, the Turriff Show.”