Peterhead solicitor Gordon Hay, well known for his enthusiasm and expertise in the literature and Doric language of his native Aberdeenshire, won a series of stunning victories in a variety of the competitions held at the Strichen Festival last month. The Buchan Heritage Festival, the annual celebration of the language, literature, music and folklore of North East Scotland, took place in the Aberdeenshire village of Strichen over the last weekend in May.
Competing in several of the festival's categories, Gordon took a series of first prizes, winning the Diddlin and Story Telling competitions outright, and taking a joint first in the Poetry Reading with a fine rendition of Charles Murray's It Wisna His Wyte. For the Story Telling event, Gordon delighted his audience with a hilarious tale of his own making, about an Aberdeenshire farmer, unwillingly dragged by his wife to his first (and, one assumes, his last) visit to the opera, for a performance of Puccini's Madama Butterfly.
Recently retired from the solicitors' firm of Stewart and Watson, where he was Managing Partner for many years, Gordon is also an Elder of the Church of Scotland at his local parish church in Longside. Several years ago, he hit the headlines when he completed the Herculean task of translating the bible into Doric.
The Clan Hay Society congratulates him on his success at the festival.