Ribbon cut on Buchanhaven open day

Buchanhaven Heritage Centre had the opening of its phase one redevelopment last Saturday to the tune of a new Peterhead pipe song.

The centre was granted £40,000 funding by SITA Trust to make the building wind and water tight while also installing new toilets for the facility.

The ribbon of the centre was cut by Waves Radio presenter Kenny King who said that “bigger organisations could take lessons from what’s going on here,” before the new pipe tune opened the centre’s unveiling.

Charlie McKenzie, whose grandfather Curly Allan wrote the song, discovered the tune and believed it would fit with the heritage centre.

He said: “I was up in the loft and I came across it and I thought Curly would appreciate it.”

Sinclair Lamb who was asked to compose a new song for the day along with his wife Cara believed that Curly’s song would be a good way to remember a man who had taught many of Toon’s pipers.

He said: “It would be a mark of respect if Curly got the recognition for the tune rather than me and my wife.”

Buchanhaven Primary School Choir also provided entertainment on the day as did ‘relaxation’ owls that were brought along to the heritage centre.

Alex Geddes, the Buchanhaven Heritage Society Chairman, was happy to get phase one of the refurbishment completed and said applications were in place to move on to phase two.

He said: “Work started on February 1 and now we’re standing in the almost completed project.

“We now have more funding applications in and if they are successful we can get toilets refurbished and the kitchen installed.”