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17th January 2013

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Report by Noel Donaldson

WICK warks weil...never was the royal burgh's famous motto more true that when it comes to its annual pensioners party.

The post-festive treat last night was staged at the towns Assembly Rooms.

They were welcomed by Thomas Mackay on behalf of the organising committee, after sitting down to an excellent meal and refreshments in the main hall, which was appropriately decorated.

Special guests were Caithness Lord Lieutenant, Anne Dunnet, Roman Catholic priest Father John Allen and Baptist minister, Rev Bill Ferguson who delivered the Selkirk Grace. Mention was made of party stalwart, 92-year-old, Margaret Christie who was unable to be present due as she hasnt been keeping too well.

The Wick Royal British Legion, Scotland, Pipe Band got the entertainment off to a stirring start and Addie Harpers talented pupils played selections followed by dancing to his band. The evening ended with the pensioners linking hands for Auld Lang Syne. They went home with raffle prizes and goodies bags.

Noel Donaldson writes: Coming after all the glitter and excitement of the festive season has gone, the party is a tonic in a month which tends to be something of an anti-climax. Marge and I joined the pensioners ranks for the first time, last year, and really enjoyed it. Despite the recession, the standard has been well maintained. A great deal of work goes into the event, both in the planning and servicing such a large company on the night. The organisers and the generous Wick community deserve a huge vote of thanks. They have done us proud again!

Next year will be an extra-special occasion for the party its 50th anniversary.