Warm Tarves welcome for Swedish visitors

Annica and husband Peter relax on the banks of the Ythan during their stay.
Annica and husband Peter relax on the banks of the Ythan during their stay.

Tarves experieced a “mini-invasion” from Sweden at the weekend.

A group of around 50 visitors from Stockholm descended on the village for a special celebration.

It was organised by Annica Grimlund, who has strong connections with the Tarves community.

Annica, who has just celebrated her 60th birthday, lived in Tarves during the 1970s and was formerly married to a local man.

She first came to the North-east in 1968, when she was 14. The family au pair came from nearby Craigdam.

Annica moved to the village in 1970, where she eventually met her husband and then moved back to live in Sweden in 1980.

She has since remarried and kept close contact with the community, paying regular visits for holidays.

However, the latest trip marked a special occasion and Annica and husband Peter, 59, decided to bring family and friends over with them.

The party included Annica’s sons Richard, 42, and Gordon, 32, from her first marriage, and daughter Anna, 26.

She told the Times: “We are calling this a few excuses for a party. Peter and I have been together for 30 years, it is 45 years since I came here for the first time and we are both turning 60.

“We are also celebrating a lifelong friendship between Tarves and Stockholm.”

During their stay, the group organised trips to Dunnottar Castle and Glengarioch Distillery in Oldmeldrum. But the big day was on Saturday when they held a huge party in Tarves which was also attended by villagers.

Annica said: “It is good that the friendship between Stockholm and Tarves will continue through our children.”