Muir’s at 90: Mon­treal’s loss was Maxville’s gain

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BY MAR­GARET CALDBICK

Staff On Satur­day, Tar­tan Day, mem­bers from the Mon­treal Black Watch Reg­i­men­tal Pipes & Drums vol­un­teered for a spe­cial mis­sion to hon­our a Scot­tish in­sti­tu­tion in Canada, Muir’s Bak­ery in Maxville.

Muir’s turns 90 this year, a fact that didn’t es­cape drum­mer Ross Lar­man who knew the Muir fam­ily in Mon­treal be­fore the bak­ery moved to Maxville in 1997.

It was in 1996, on New Year’s Day, that the Black Watch Reg­i­men­tal Pipes & Drums played the en­tire day in front of of the bak­ery to hon­our and mourn the loss of Mon­treal’s beloved Scot­tish bak­ery.

The band mem­bers re­peated the trib­ute on Satur­day af­ter­noon, set­ting up on the side­walk in front of Muir’s and bring­ing traf­fic to a will­ing stop as High­land dancer Elise Quinn from the Steven­son School of High­land Dance in Mon­treal per­formed.

In­side, own­ers Ch­eryl La­timer and her hus­band Ron, son Matt and the bak­ery’s stu­dent em­ploy­ees, were so busy they couldn’t spare a mo­ment for a photo, scram­bling to serve scores of peo­ple lined up to buy boxes of tra­di­tional Scot­tish fresh-out-of-theoven home bak­ing.

On fare were Scot­tish meat pies, Bri­dies (a de­li­cious beef-filled pas­try), hot sausage rolls, Em­pire bis­cuits, oat cakes, and other tra­di­tional Scot­tish and Canadian recipes. Ch­eryl La­timer re­ports that she has cus­tomers in every cor­ner of Canada, specif­i­cally for the bak­ery’s fa­mous Hag­gis, the Muir fam­ily’s recipe.

Muir’s tea­room ta­bles were packed with the bak­ery’s fans for

MAR­GARET CALDBICK PHO­TOS

DANC­ING IN THE STREET: On the oc­ca­sion of Muir’s Bak­ery’s 90th an­niver­sary, High­land dancer Elise Quinn from the Steven­son School of High­land Dance in Mon­treal per­forms ac­com­pa­nied by vis­it­ing mem­bers of the Mon­treal Black Watch Reg­i­men­tal Pipes & Drums.

THE NEXT GEN­ER­A­TION: Matt La­timer, left, son of Ch­eryl and Ron La­timer, own­ers of Muir’s Bak­ery in Maxville, and part­time stu­dent worker Lukas Willems from the vil­lage, take a rare break.

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