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01 October 2011
Apple enthusiasts undeterred by afternoon showers

The predicted rain failed to deter more than 250 visitors and helpers who came to the Old Orchard in Cromarty for an Apple Day this afternoon.

Sinclair Williamson, Gardens Advisor for the National Trust for Scotland led two tours through the orchard answering questions from apple enthusiasts about conditions and varieties suitable for growing in the north of Scotland. He also brought a display of 50 varieties to help in the identification of visitors' apples.

There were twenty varieties of apples for tasting, juicing and buying; quizzes and competitions; games, face-painting and story-telling for children; a flower-arranging demonstration, music throughout the afternoon and teas with apple home-baking.

More than £1100 was raised which will be divided between Cromarty Parish Church of Scotland and St Regulus Scottish Episcopal Church. See Photo Gallery.