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On the 14th August 1959 the people of Edinvillie were proudly celebrating the opening of their new Hall.
On Friday 14th August 2009 past & present inhabitants of Edinvillie again flocked to the Hall for a very memorable evening.
The 50th Anniversary was commemorated with a Celebration Dinner held in a marquee adjoining the Hall,
followed by a ceilidh dance in the Hall itself.
The company of 150 people were welcomed by Hall Chairman, Ian Wright, who then invited Chris Burns, one of the Hall Trustees, to say grace. Following the meal the Anniversary cake was cut by Meg McDonald and Mary Grant, daughters of Peter McDonald, who, as the oldest inhabitant of Edinvillie, had laid the foundation stone of the Hall in 1959.
Ian Wright gave an excellent & amusing speech in which he recollected many incidents involving himself & the Hall. He also thanked the many people who had helped with its refurbishment & the sponsors, whose generosity had led to the success of the 50th Anniversary Celebrations.
Mr Burns then called upon Aileen Garrow, a former resident of Edinvillie, who spoke about the early days of the Hall, remembering many of the personalities who had contributed to its sucesses.
In the 1960s Edinvillie Hall dances were renowned far & wide, with buses coming from as far way as Keith & Rothes.
Eddie Aldridge, who has played a large part in activities in the Hall & who had given an address at the 25th Anniversary Dinner, was the last speaker of the evening, speaking of the importance of local halls to rural communities.
Hall Chairman, Ian, proposed toasts to all those who had been responsible for the building of the Hall, and to the next 50 years before leading the company in a Grand March to the Hall itself for the Ceilidh Dance.
See the whole evening in pictures in the galleries above
Pictures courtesy of Alan Butterfield
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