Aden-een 2015 hailed as the best year yet

Aden-een: The Shell Fireworks Parade 2015 - Photo by Gayle Ramsay
Aden-een: The Shell Fireworks Parade 2015 - Photo by Gayle Ramsay

Organisers of Aden-een: The Shell Fireworks Parade say the event has surpassed all expectations.

Modo are also delighted that the participants, volunteers, guests and audience all had a fantastic evening.

Aden-een: The Shell Fireworks Parade 2015 - Photo by Gayle Ramsay

Aden-een: The Shell Fireworks Parade 2015 - Photo by Gayle Ramsay

A capacity crowd turned out to the event at Aden Country Park on Friday, October 30, and early feedback suggests the event was very successful.

The new Arboretum Walk proved to be a big hit and regular users of Aden Counry Park were thrilled to see the trees so beautifully lit.

The catering outlets and Cafe were very busy all evening and large crowds gathered in the Courtyard to watch the bands.

The dazzling Fireworks display by Dave at Dragonfire lit up the sky and received a huge round of applause when it ended.

Fireworks display at Aden-een - photo by Peter Lewis

Fireworks display at Aden-een - photo by Peter Lewis

Various local groups including Mutiny Tribal Belly Dancers, Fraserburgh Academy Commedia, CircoModo Peterhead Fire, Lawrence Dance Academy, AUSA Circus Society, CircoModo Peterhead Heads, Peterhead Academy Drama 3B and 3G, Serena Wilson School of Highland Dance, Prince’s Trust, CircoModo Fraserburgh Fire, CircoModo Mintlaw Fire, Fraserburgh Academy Holiday Commedia, Mintlaw Academy Lunchtime Drama Group, Aberdeen Fire Spinners, Guarana Street Band and TNT brought Aden to life.

Modo’s creative director, Martin Danziger, said: “The Shell Fireworks Parade is now in its seventh year, and it has continued to grow with each year.

“To see such a crowd turn out to celebrate and support the young people is a testament to their enthusiasm and commitment.

“Aden-een has been supported in its growth by a range of partners, and our huge thanks must go not only to Shell for continuing to support the project, but also to Aberdeenshire Council, Buchan Development Partnership and a host of smaller partners who put in a huge amount of work and resources to ensure the project can be safely enjoyed by all.

“At its heart of the event are the hundreds of young people performing, making props, leading routines and helping groups on the night, and this community should be rightly proud of them and their contributions.”

Peterhead Community Warden, Ian Kennedy, said: “It’s the first time I’ve managed to be at this event and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

“A great deal of hard work would have been done to make this such a success.

“What struck me was the bringing together of the whole community both in the planning, executing and enjoyment of the evening.”

He added: “It was a great atmosphere, in a safe environment, and it certainly highlighted the fantastic work done by Modo – Circus with Purpose and also showcased Aden Park as a fantastic venue.”

Local councillors have also praised Modo for hosting the event.

Councillor Lenny Pirie said: “There was a fantastic crowd of all ages and it was great to see the excitement on the children’s faces. I attended this with my family and grandchildren and every one of them enjoyed the lovely displays.

“I would like to thank Shell for their excellent hospitality and as we walked there and back we were most grateful for the courteous manner of drivers towards pedestrians.”

Fellow councillor Norman Smith added: “Once again I must congratulate Modo and Partners for the first class event at Aden, the best yet. Large crowds were given a night to remember.”

Meanwhile Buchan Area Manager Chris White said: “It’s always a fantastic event and this year was perhaps the best ever. I’d like to say a big thank you to all the organisers, volunteers and Aden Park staff who helped make this such a special night.”

If you attended this year’s Aden-een event then Modo would like to hear what you thought about it, simply visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/Aden-een2015 and give your feedback.

Modo would like to thank: 
Aberdeenshire Landscape Services, Aberdeenshire Litter Initiative, Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action, Aden Country Park, Aidan Bedford, Aileen Grant, Alan Haigh, Alex Davidson, All the staff at Peterhead, Fraserburgh and Mintlaw Academies, All the volunteer Marshals, Angus McIver, Annette Johnston, Buchan Community Radio, Buchan Dial a Community Bus, Buchan Observer, CFINE (Community Food Initiatives North East), Chloe Arthur, Chris White, Community Learning and Development, Community Planning, Craigewan Photography, Dave Mason, Demi-Li Gemmell, Denise Anderson, Denise Horan, Diane Marshal, Diane Peacock, Eileen Watt, Ellie Moore, Fraserburgh Sea Cadets, Friends of Aden Georgia Metcalf, Hannah Forman, Imagineering, Irene Adam, Jack Grant and team, Jenny Kassner, Joan Forbes, John Raine, Josh Moore, Katie Slater, Kerry Whyte, Liz Scott, MB Plant, Mary Brown, Mintlaw Ramblers, Neil Shirran, Pauline Buchan, Peterhead Camera Club, Peterhead Motors, Pick Up Peterhead Litter Group, Robert McGregor, Rotary Club of Fraserburgh, Roy Fairhead, SACRO, Sean Johnston, Shona Sellers, Sinead Turner, Steph Swales, Stephanie Hay, Tammy Skinner, The Army Cadet Force, 2nd Battalion the Highlanders, Somme Company, Toni McGonigle, Vicky Moore, Warburtons, Watermill Coaches, Waves Radio and Willowbank.