Raft race to return to Scottish Week

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THE raft race will be making a return to this year’s Scottish Week as the theme of nostalgia is very much to the fore for the gala’s 50th birthday celebrations.

Scottish Week chairman, Graham Barron, told the Buchanie this week that the popular event, which has been absent from the programme for a number of years, has been given the go-ahead for this summer’s gala.

“We have been looking at bringing back a number of events which have proved popular in the past and when we asked folk what they wanted to see return the raft race was always at the top of the list,” said Mr Barron.

“In previous years the insurance for the event had been the main stumbling block but this year we have managed to get cover for the race and it’s going to be fantastic to have it back in the programme.”

Mr Barron said it was likely that the raft race would be held on the Thursday night at the Lido and four teams have already signed up for the challenge.

“Hopefully we can get a large entry for the race as we want to make as big an impact as possible for the 50th year of Scottish Week,” he said.

“We are also actively seeking sponsors for the event so if any individual or business wishes to help out then they can contact us for more information.

“Committee member Scott Ross has agreed to take on organisation of the race and any teams wishing to enter can contact him on 07786152611. Alternatively they can log on to the Scottish Week website at peterheadscottishweek.org and follow the link to contact us and we will get in touch.”

Meanwhile, negotiations are currently ongoing with the RAF with the possibility of bringing the Red Arrows back to the Blue Toon.

“I have been in touch with the Red Arrows in the hope that they could make their fourth visit to Peterhead for the celebrations,” said Mr Barron.

“We should hear back by the end of the week whether this is likely to happen or not so at the moment it’s just a case of fingers crossed.

“We are also planning on holding a bay swim and we are also looking in to recreating the popular Trade Fair in the town’s Central School.

“All these elements are still at the negotiation stage but we should be in a better position by the end of the month as to whether or not they will go ahead,” he said.

Mr Barron added that more announcements on this year’s programme would be made as and when things were confirmed but hinted that they were working on something ‘a bit special’ for the July event.