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IPA Friendship Weekend in Scotland

Stephen Crockard, Head of Administration and member of IPA UK

Dated 27-02-2017

The Tayside IPA Branch in Scotland ran a Friendship Weekend in Kingussie in the Cairngorms. 68 IPA members from the four home nations of the UK, plus Ireland, Germany and Sweden joined together for a memorable get together and a ‘Ceilidh’.
The IPA Whisky Forum met in parallel with the Friendship Weekend and there were outings to the Speyside Distillery as well as whisky and wine tastings in the hotel.
The Scotland-Ireland rugby match was watched with partisan interest on the Saturday afternoon, with cheering and silence, alternately from the opposing supporters depending on the scores. Henry and Ursula Mayer from Germany seemed rather bemused by the action on the rugby field.
A few of the many memorable moments of our IPA Friendship Weekend in Scotland can be seen in the following selection of photos:
In the evening guests gathered for the ‘piping in’ of the Haggis to the dining room, followed by Scottish music and dancing.
On Sunday, the participants also took the opportunity to visit the Highland Wildlife Park with its polar bears, tigers and red pandas and the snow covered top of Cairngorm (the blue mountain) via a funicular railway.
A total of £1370 was raised for the Scottish Charity Air Ambulance during the Friendship Weekend.
My thanks go to UK Vice President Yvonne McGregor and her husband David for organising a superb event in the true spirit of the IPA.
Stephen Crockard, Head of Administration and member of IPA UK




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