Ythan beer ‘smuggle’ completes journey to Collieston

John Easton and Dave Burrows carry the keg ashore
John Easton and Dave Burrows carry the keg ashore

A beer ‘smuggle’ along the River Ythan which was halted by bad weather successfully completed its journey to Collieston last weekend.

Local Councillor Rob Merson made a short speech before the canoe was sent on its way from Ellon where there had been a planned handover to the Collieston community boat - Admiral Redsocks.

However early stages of the journey were put on hold due to do stormy seas.

The tradition of having a keg of Somerset cider delivered to Collieston to satisfy thirsts at the opening skittle match of the Collieston Gala Week was started by the late Rear Admiral Ritchie - who the skiff has been named in honour of.

Collieston Offshore Rowing Club’s skiff have revived this tradition by paddling and rowing.

The keg of Brewdog IPA travelled some 14 miles from Ellon to Collieston where it was tapped and served at the Open Petanque evening at the bouledrome in the village yesterday.

The 22ft Admiral Redsocks was hand built in less than nine months during the winter and spring and is based on an Iain Oughtred (Skye) design.

Collieston Gala takes place this Saturday, August 2.

Proceeds from the event will go to the Slains and Collieston Community Council.

Events at the popular showcase will include a fancy dress parade, a quiz, a ceilidh and much more.