May Day fun at Turriff

THE annual May Day outdoor extravaganza in Turriff will once again take on a cosmopolitan feel this year. This popular event which has become synonymous with Turriff has turned into the place to be on May Day!

Making a welcome return visit to Turriff on May Day Monday, May 2, will be an international food market with produce on offer from various countries around the world.

Co-coordinator Dolina Mackenzie said: “The international market will yet again provide the opportunity to taste food and drink from different countries. They were extremely well received last year and we are glad to have them back again.

“This year, we again intend to spread them out a bit more so as to allow for easier access for all. On offer there will be French bread, Pyrenees jams, Irish chocolates and Swedish ciders. There will also be a selection of hot take-away food including German barbecued sausages, garlic prawns and Provencal potatoes.

“Non-food items will also be for sale, including hand-made soap, tablecloths, Dutch lace, jewellery and cashmere jumpers and much more. Some of the Stallholders will add extra colour to the occasion by wearing the national costumes of their countries.”

Other attractions will include outdoor stalls, a fun fair and bouncy castles, you can even recapture those Halcion days of your youth and enjoy a candy floss, go on, you know you want to!

Harley Davidson motorcycle rides will also be on offer, a vintage car display will evoke a bygone motoring age, and local firefighters will parade their fire engine. Music will be provided by Turriff and District Pipe Band, with hopefully Turriff’s own Silver Band making an appearance and local radio station Deveron FM, along with stalls manned by local Scout, Guide and Young Farmers Groups.

There will also be several charity stalls, a lady called Tina, who raises money for Zimbabwean orphans, the Deveron Archie Foundation, and the Owl and the Pussycat who have among their many birds Errol and Hedwig, two of the birds used in the first Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Also, for 2011 the organising committee will welcome for the second time to the town, Loki the Newfoundland dog, who works with the Red Cross. Newfoundland dogs are exceptionally strong with a double coat, making them ideal for rescue work in inclement conditions, therefore making Loki ideal for the territory he will be working in.

Loki will be also be bringing with him a Rapid Response Boat which is used throughout the North East of Scotland in the event of the need for a team to go to the aid of someone at sea.

A contingent from The British Army will also be present. They plan to bring along a recruitment caravan and perhaps something else a little bit more exciting, space permitting!

The majority of shops, hotels and restaurants will be open for business and many will have special offers on the day. Turriff will most definitely be the place to be, on May Day, so why not go along, you’ll be glad you did.

Turriff Business Association is steering the event and the fun will last from 10am to 4.30pm. Should you have any queries or questions contact Dolina Mackenzie on 01888 568553 or via email at dolina16@aol.com