From the Huntly Express July 25 1919
Peace was celebrated in this parish by a picnic and games held in a field at Asswanley kindly lent by Mr Alexander Robertson, tenant of the farm. The field was admirably suited for the purpose, being situated on the banks of the Deveron, with the picturesque hill of Straitinnan on one side and on the other the sheltering woods of Blairmore House. The weather, though somewhat overcast, was quite pleasant towards evening and there was a large gathering of parishioners and visitors. A varied programme of sports was arranged for both young and old. The children’s games were in the capable hands of Mrs Cameron, Blairmore and Mrs Kessler, Invermarkie Lodge, who with their assistants, Misses Brettell and Hale, spared no pains in providing an afternoon’s excellent entertainment for the young people. At the conclusion of the programme the prizes were presented to the successful competitors by Lady Geddes, Old Aberdeen.
The adult sports were efficiently managed by a local committee and were keenly contested. Much interest was shown in the tug of war between the married and single men of the parish. Although the former were able to muster a formidable looking team, they were no match for the bachelors, who won a comparatively easy victory.
An excellent tea was provided by Mrs Dey, Sunnybrae and Mrs Robertson, Blairmore Cottage. During the evening the dancing board was well patronised, the music being kindly supplied by Messrs Aitken, Robertson and Thomson. The King’s message was read and a hearty vote of thanks given to all who had contributed to the success of the picnic.