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Mill hoardings given new lease of life for baton relay

Sophie, Peterhead Academy.

Sophie, Peterhead Academy.

As the Queen’s Baton procession wound its way through Peterhead the runners and spectators alike were treated to the artwork of a group of young Peterhead people.

Pupils from Peterhead Academy were joined by a young runner from JogScotland in decorating the hoardings which surround the controversial derelict site at Kirkburn Mill.

The project began as a way to present a more upbeat side of the town to mark the arrival of the baton relay, which passed the site along West Road.

Aberdeenshire Council project officer Heather Barclay said: “This has been a great opportunity to showcase some of the work of pupils studying art at Peterhead Academy and for local young people to do something positive to contribute to the regeneration of their town.”

German supermarket giant Aldi bought the former mill in 2007 but no store has ever been built and the land has become an eyesore.

The durable panels which now decorate the hoardings were printed by local firm Ashgrove Trading.

 

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