Allandale House residents treated to stories and songs

Allandale House residents, from left to right, David, Tommy, Alan, Phil, Iain and Jackie.
Allandale House residents, from left to right, David, Tommy, Alan, Phil, Iain and Jackie.

The residents of Peterhead’s Allandale House care home have enjoyed an afternoon of Scottish stories and songs.

Visiting raconteur Helen Macdonald and musician Liz Slaven entertained a dozen of the home’s 31 residents for over an hour with tales of clansmen and fairies and songs such as ‘Twa Recruiting Sergeants.’

Helen Macdonald and Liz Slaven.

Helen Macdonald and Liz Slaven.

The event on Tuesday, June 25 was just one of many organised by Allandale’s Activities Co-ordinator, Evie Slessor.

Evie explained that many of the residents, particularly those with mental health problems, are unable to go to such events outside the home.

She said: “People love to sit and listen.”

Helen Macdonald, known locally as ‘the blacksmith’s daughter,’ makes a living telling Scottish stories to groups of all ages. This was her third visit to Allandale House but her first with guitar and accordian playing Liz Slaven.

The pair met at a storytelling event in Aden Country Park earlier this year.

She said: “I love coming here - I always get a story back. The gentleman I was dancing with at the end, David, was telling me about his life as a fisherman.”