Blessed are the bri­die-mak­ers: Pasty prayers at For­far kirk.

Church steps in to de­fend the baked del­i­cacy after An­gus coun­cil­lor slated it as ‘low-qual­ity’

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - JANET THOM­SON jath­om­son@the­

We hope this will rekin­dle their taste for the fan­tas­tic flavour of the For­far bri­die. THE REV BAR­BARA ANN SWEETIN

An An­gus con­gre­ga­tion is of­fer­ing some divine in­ter­ven­tion in the grow­ing sup­port for the re­cently-ma­ligned For­far bri­die.

As part of its on­go­ing work to reach out to the lo­cal com­mu­nity, mem­bers of the East and Old con­gre­ga­tion are stand­ing up for their town and its culi­nary pride and joy.

In re­sponse to re­cent crit­i­cism from An­gus coun­cil­lor Bill Duff, who took a bite out of the bri­die’s world­wide rep­u­ta­tion by brand­ing it a “low qual­ity pro­cessed meat prod­uct”, the Rev Bar­bara Ann Sweetin has launched a cam­paign to sup­port the del­i­cacy.

She has co-op­er­ated with McLaren Bak­ers and is en­cour­ag­ing her con­gre­ga­tion and For­far folk to pur­chase a ‘Big Kirk Bri­die’.

This is a spe­cial large bri­die, baked with ‘The Big Kirk’ let­ter­ing on the crust.

They can be en­joyed at home or can be vac­uum-packed to send to friends and fam­ily es­pe­cially towards Christ­mas.

Church mem­bers hope the unique batch will help boost sales in the town and help fundrais­ing for the church.

Ms Sweetin said: “If some peo­ple have not had a bri­die for a while we hope this will rekin­dle their taste for the fan­tas­tic flavour of the For­far bri­die.

“This is just a fun thing for the church to be in­volved in but we are also stand­ing up for our town and its bri­dies – the Satur­day bri­die is still very much part of For­far tra­di­tion.

“We have al­ready got or­ders from three peo­ple in Glas­gow who know me and I have told all my fam­ily to ex­pect a bri­die in their stock­ing fillers this year.

“We buy bri­dies as a church for the many events we put on and share the busi­ness be­tween McLarens and Sad­dlers.”

Ms Sweetin ex­plained the bri­die cam­paign was just an­other area of the church’s work in the com­mu­nity.

She added: “We are aim­ing to have a mem­ber at ev­ery coun­cil meet­ing start­ing in the new year so we can be on top of what is go­ing on in our com­mu­nity and sup­port it the best we can.”

For­far­i­ans of all ages rose to the de­fence of the bri­die after coun­cil­lor Duff, SNP mem­ber for Mon­trose and dis­trict, failed to mince his words when he took to so­cial me­dia to crit­i­cise an eleventh-hour plan from the lo­cal au­thor­ity for a £15 mil­lion Scot­tish food cul­ture hub as part of the Tay Cities Deal.

The For­far bri­die was to be among the goods show­cased in the cen­tre.

How­ever, Mr Duff stated: “I think if we are go­ing to cel­e­brate our food and drink, what this sup­posed cen­tre needs to fo­cus on is high-end smoked salmon and the Ar­broath smokie,

“I think a bri­die is stretch­ing it a bit. “I don’t think pro­cessed meats, pies or bri­dies is what we should be pitch­ing to tourists.”

Pic­ture: EO ME­DIA

Rev Sweetin is ask­ing peo­ple to sup­port the del­i­cacy by buy­ing a Big Kirk Bri­die.

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