Tarves publicans take a trip down memory lane

A reunion of current and former owners of the Aberdeen Arms Hotel in Tarves.  From the left,  Val Fowlie, present owner, Dot and Sandy Davidson (1978-1992), Rita Davidson (1968-1978), Lucy Lee (1992-2007) Lucy's husband Willie is third from the left.
A reunion of current and former owners of the Aberdeen Arms Hotel in Tarves. From the left, Val Fowlie, present owner, Dot and Sandy Davidson (1978-1992), Rita Davidson (1968-1978), Lucy Lee (1992-2007) Lucy's husband Willie is third from the left.

Former Tarves publicans held a special reunion on Sunday.

The current and past owners of the village’s Aberdeen Arms Hotel got together for the first time to take a trip down memory lane.

The reunion was organised by Lucy Lee, who ran the hotel with husband Willie from 1992-2007.

She got in touch with original owner Rita Davidson (who ran the business from 1968-78), Dot and Sandy Davidson (from 78-92), and current owners Val Fowlie and son Colin.

Over the years, the Aberdeen Arms has hosted mediaeval banquets and was a popular venue for Scotland the What? peformances, appearances by Cockney duo Chas and Dave and a host of other entertainment events.

The publicans met up for Sunday lunch to fondly recall their memories of the popular hotel, which is very much the hub of the Tarves community.

Lucy said: “We had such a lovely time. We had some old photographs of the hotel and there were so many stories about it.

“Sandy recalled how the old Aberdeen to Tarves road ran past the hotel and travellers used to tether their horses in the car park.

“There were many interesting tales from the past for us all to share.”

Lucy added that the reunion had gone so well that it was hoped to arrange another get-together at some stage in the future.