Raising a cup at Clatt

THE focal point for a Donside village is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

The Clatt Tea Room has developed a unique reputation since its inception in 1985. Located in the heart of the village, it was created to give local youngsters employment and farmer's wives an outlet for their baking skills.

The tea room - former village hall, with large field and play area attached - was always a focal point in the village and a place to meet. It completely fulfilled its aims, so much so that, despite an evolving and changing population over the years, it continues to thrive and be the hub of much community activity.

Scotland the What were top of the bill at the recent anniversary ceilidh and entertained with their array of skits to a rapt audience of 120 diners. The tea room committee had prepared a fabulous feast for the occasion and dancing continued to Arizona till the wee small hours.

The old fashioned seating, reminiscent to many of those present of their school days, along with the arrays of vintage photographs that hark back to a bygone era, all added to the charm of the evening.

The quality of the home-made baking, that has continued to draw folk from right across the shire, continues to impress visitors.

To many, the Tea Room is the hub in an otherwise rural and largely forgotten area which has avoided the spread of 'new build' housing seen in so many of the villages round about and Clatt ( which means ' lost' ) retains its charm.

A number of events are scheduled to be held at the Tear Room this summer.

The Clatt and District Vintage Tractor Rally is being held on the weekend of July 24-24 which sees the vehicles on a road run, taking in all the local sights. The ceilidh in the evening is an opportunity to meet the collectors of these remarkable vehicles and to join in some traditional entertainment.

The Clatt Dog Show is on the July 31, is now a marker in the breeder's calendar and attracts a wide range of breeds to what is a family event with various classes and fun events for children.

Meanwhile, this weekend ( May 28-29) a bikers' rally - locally known as the 'Furry Boots' - attracts around 600 bikers from all over Scotland and beyond who descend on Clatt for a weekend of music and partying. Volunteers work night and day to feed the visitors who set up camp on the field in front of the Tea Room.