Trio of heritage groups celebrate works

LtoR Lisa Shearer, Alex Geddes, Mike Shepherd, Ed Savage, Jill McWilliam and David Fryer.
LtoR Lisa Shearer, Alex Geddes, Mike Shepherd, Ed Savage, Jill McWilliam and David Fryer.

At the recent official opening of the Phase 1 refurbishment of the Buchanhaven Heritage Centre the society members were joined by friends from the Port Erroll Heritage Group and the Torry Heritage Group to celebrate the occasion.

In addition to the three groups meeting for the first time under the same roof the Port Erroll Heritage Group presented Buchanhaven Heritage Society with a beautiful addition to their collection with an original mounted image of the Peterhead Cycle Club 1911.

The society was delighted with the presentation and will have it framed before going on display for future visitors to the centre to enjoy,

The groups also took the opportunity to have a brief chat about a potential joint event or exhibition that may encourage visitors to the area and visit the three locations as part of an official ‘NE Coast Festival’ later in the year.

Full details have still to be agreed before an official announcement will be made, but early indications suggest if it is successful it may become part of an annual event.

Commenting on the meeting, society chair, Alex Geddes said: “We were delighted with the large turn out on the day, but to be joined by like minded colleagues from Port Erroll and Torry added a new dimension to the event.

“It was great to meet them all in person at last and the presentation of the original print was the icing on the cake.

“We are grateful to the Port Erroll Group for thinking of us in such a way.

“We hope this is just the beginning of long term friendship that will benefit many in the coastal communities,” he added.

Lisa Shearer chair of the Port Erroll Heritage Group added: “The Port Erroll Heritage Group is in its infancy, having just been formed in 2015.

“Attending the official opening of the Phase 1 refurbishment offered us a fantastic opportunity to learn from established groups what is possible and what avenues may be open to us to benefit our own community.

“We are delighted to receive the support and encouragement from both the Buchanhaven Heritage Society and the Torry Heritage Group and, like Alex, look forward to working closely together to realise a common aim.”

The official opening of phase 1 of the Buchanhaven Centre was carried out at the start of March when a specially commissioned pipe tune was played for the first time.

The centre will continue to host a series of fundraisers throughout the year.