Leicester Caledonian Society


On 9th January the Annual New Year Dance was held at Avenue Road School.

There was a varied programme of dances for all abilities with music provided by George Meikle.

On arrival dancers were met by tunes on the pipes and drums played by our honorary Piper Carl Wilkinson accompanied by Vernon Heighton. They also provided a musical reprise during the dancing interval.

We also had some very special guests during the night, Mrs Howkins and her daughter with representatives from the Air Ambulance.
Mrs Howkins contacted the Society last year following the death of her brother Arthur Hassel, who had 10 kilt outfits plus accessories, who wished the items to be appreciated.
To that end contact was made to all members of the Society and wider afield as to any one interested in the outfits.
Mrs Howkins did not want any monies for these but our Hon Secretary suggested a charity should benefit, and the Air Ambulance was chosen.


Many people kindly donated monies for the kilts and accessories and it was with great pleasure that Mrs Howkins on behalf of Arthur and the Caledonian Society handed over a cheque to the value of £660.00p to the Air Ambulance.

Mr Ivan Ball MBE who received the cheque on behalf of the charity gave a short resume of their operations of 90+ flights last month.

All present were thrilled at the amount raised and that Arthurs’ kilts etc have all gone to good homes.

Murdo Ferrier
President

Update on Arthurs' kilts

As members will be aware the Society was approached last year by Arthur’s sister to help to recycle Arthur’s Scottish wear.
At the New Year Dance a cheque was presented to the Air ambulance. However we had not at that time managed to find homes for the remainder of Arthur’s Scottish wear. It was suggested that we approached the local theatres as he had been interested in the theatre. We contacted the Little Theatre, who said yes they would accept them. When the clothing was
delivered they were very impressed by the quality of the items they were receiving.

When told who had donated them, they were even more pleased to receive them. They had fond memories of Arthur and the support he gave the theatre. That is now all of Arthur’s Scottish wear safely reĀ­homed. We think and hope that Arthur would approve.

Gina Ferrier

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