Exciting tale of ‘Indian Peter’ at New Deer hall

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The exciting tale of ‘Indian Peter’ from Aberdeen with live fiddle music, will be staged at New Deer public hall later this week.

‘Indian Peter’s Coffee House’ is a caffeine-fuelled, rip-roaring, swashbuckling story of kidnap, shipwreck, slavery, murder, mayhem and skullduggery set in an 18th century Edinburgh coffee house, told by Mike Maran with fiddle music played by BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year, Rona Wilkie.

This exciting show will be staged on Thursday, May 29, at 7.30pm in New Deer Public Hall.

The hall will be set out with tables and wine and soft drinks will be on sale.

Mike tells the story of Scotsman, Peter Williamson (1730-1799), also known as ‘Indian Peter’ who was kidnapped in Aberdeen, sold as an indentured labourer to a farmer in Pennsylvania and then was captured and enslaved by native Americans.

He escaped, joined the British Army, and was captured by the French who sent him back to Britain where he published an account of his adventures which implicated the Aberdeen magistrates in his kidnapping.

These magistrates threw him into jail, then ran him out of town, but he successfully sued them and with the compensation he opened Indian Peter’s Coffee House in Edinburgh.

He also published an Edinburgh street directory, ran a private post office, and invented a submarine for commuting across the Firth of Forth to Fife.’

Tickets for the show are priced £10 and £8 and are available from the Pharmacy or Food for Thought, New Deer, by calling 01771 644217/644366.

Alternatively, go online to www.neatshows.org.uk or pay at the door on the night.