It's never a chore to go back to my home county Banffshire. It is undoubtedly God's own special place. The Salmon Bothy's intimacy and Portsoy's friendliness made a trip to Cahalen Morrison and Eli West's gig there on 12 April a joy.
The rustic intimacy of the restored building gives fantastic ambience to performances such as Chalen and Eli's. They themselves sang the praises of those who made them welcome and for the soundman who pitched things just right.
This is community in action. This is what can be achieved by local people committing to cultural development and respecting heritage. The Prime Minister's largely-forgotten and ill-advised bluster about The Big Society was just that. It is nothing new. It's what communities do, do well and have always done.
We will be back to examine its other fascinating facilities.
Thank you Portsoy, from a grateful Keith exile.
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