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April 09, 2010


David Seoras

Blackenings used to be very common around the whole of the Highland region up until the late eighties/early nineties. I live in a small town near Inverness and remember a blackening happening every couple of weeks or so. The truck with the groom to be in the back would drive around the town for up to an hour constantly beeping the horn. As a kid I thought this was great fun, but happy the practise died out by the time I got married in the late nineties.
Blackenings still do happen on the mainland today, but quite rare and confined to small rural villages now.


David, thanks for the update. I'd only ever heard of blackenings in Orkney, and mostly in Stromness, so I was surprised to see one in Kirkwall. Yeah, I think this is one tradition I could happily skip. Much more fun to see somebody else getting the treatment.

And I think I should have been more clear in my headline. Lucky for me, unlucky for him.


Phoenix Edler

Err... I guess there are traditions that are really bizarre in the eyes of others but seem normal among the locals. Since when did the Orcadians start doing this "blackening" thing?


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Someone did this to my husband on his stag do, all in the name of good fun lol x

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