Smokies for Danish visitors

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ARBROATH Round Table once again played host to international visitors over the weekend.

Morten Samson, Rasmus Christianson and Jens Møller Olsen from the Herlev Round Table in Copenhagen, Denmark, came to enjoy the hospitality of Arbroath Tablers.

While in Arbroath the visitors were given a whistle-stop tour of the town and the East of Scotland.

After being picked up from Aberdeen Airport on Friday morning, a beeline was made for the Royal Lochnagar Distillery for a guided tour and whisky tasting before taking a scenic drive through the highlands via Glenshee to enjoy a couple of Scottish ales over a lunch in Blairgowrie where the Danes were introduced to haggis.

That evening a meal was enjoyed with several Tablers at the Old Brewhouse before enjoying a tour and tasting session at the Mòr Brewery in Kellas.

The Saturday programme kicked off with the guests helping out at The Tablers’ Tea party, a lunch and entertainment event for pensioners. Jamie Buchan said: “Over the 86 years of its existence, Round Table has evolved differently in the various countries around the world and this was an opportunity to show our Danish counterparts what it means to be a Tabler in the UK.”

On Saturday evening there was a tour of Angus. Starting off in Carnoustie, the party moved to Wellbank, Glamis, Kirriemuir, Brechin, Friockheim and back to Arbroath to the Foundry Bar.

The weekend finished with a full Scottish breakfast, a tour of a smokehouse and taste of Arbroath Smokies with wine at Stuart’s Fresh Fish before taking a guided tour of the Arbroath Abbey.

Jamie went on: “It was great to see Jens and Rasmus again as well as meeting Morten. We met them in India when Bob Dickson and I attended the world meeting in Hyderabad last year.

“We had arranged to do an exchange visit with them and it is always a pleasure highlighting the best of what our wee town has to offer. The guys had a great time seeing the sights and sounds of Arbroath and they really enjoyed the bagpipes and Smokies.”

Arbroath Tablers will visit Copenhagen in the summer on the return leg of the exchange.