Preparations are now well underway for the Festive Festival planned for Saturday, November 30 in Peterhead’s Broad Street.
Following the success of the pilot ‘Family Fun Day’ in September, the demand for a similar event was clearly evident.
So much so that the ‘Here for You’ partnership set about organising a festive themed event in the historic market place with local shops, stallholders and third sector organisations keen to create a family day at this special time of year.
Feedback from the ‘Family Fun Day’ identified that local shops and stallholders had a successful trading day, while community spirit was clear to be seen with all age groups coming together and enjoying a traditional market day with family and friends.
Some of the stallholders on hand at the forthcoming festival - running from 11am - 3.30pm - in will include Rhiannon Jewellery, Betty Bell Sweets and Preserves, Ewan Morrice Butcher, Jumping Clay, Howemuir Rosettes, SS Designs, Enchantment Cards and Gifts and much, much more.
As well as the stalls, Aberdeenshire Council’s climbing wall will be there - weather permitting - for all to enjoy, free of charge after a fantastic donation from the community council.
Kerry Short will once again rock the street with a festive selection of music and Buchan Community Radio will be on hand to co-ordinate the day, while being joined by a choir at intervals to set the scene singing carols throughout the event and hopefully being joined by the crowds as they enjoy the party atmosphere.
In addition, the Deep Sea Mission will once again open its doors throughout the event for refreshments, so as well as supporting local shops in the area why not pay them a visit and support a great local cause.
The scene is now set for a festive day out for the whole family and all within the safe confines of the historic market place.
Social regeneration officer Alex Geddes tols us: “The feedback from shopkeepers, stallholders and the public at the pilot event was very welcome and we have learned lessons from that event that will hopeflly improve the Festive Festival experience.
“There is a lot of hard work goes on behind the scenes for such events and it never ceases to amaze me what community spirit can deliver. At this time of year it is even more evident and I really hope visitors will enter into the spirit of the occasion and the whole town comes together to show what Peterhead can achieve.”
Linda Bolger, chair of Peterhead Projects, added: “After the fantastic success of our Family Fun Day, I am so looking forward to our Festive Festival. This is a great way of building a lasting legacy to carry on great events for the community to enjoy.”