Pupils’s clues to Operation Espionage

Pictured (left to right) are Jody Joyce (Ellon Academy), Hope Murdoch (Mintlaw Academy), Rachel Massie (Mintlaw Academy) and Rebecca Smith from Cults Academy.
Pictured (left to right) are Jody Joyce (Ellon Academy), Hope Murdoch (Mintlaw Academy), Rachel Massie (Mintlaw Academy) and Rebecca Smith from Cults Academy.

Drama students from Mintlaw, Ellon and Cults Academies went undercover last Saturday in Haddo Country Park to help launch Operation Espionage, a new spy event running over the weekend of October 19 and 20 as part of this year’s Unsolved crime and mystery festival.

Dressed as secret agents, they practised going undercover, dropping clues, leaving marks and passing on secret codes to other agents and those taking part.

Operation Espionage is a new event supported by Boundaries Edge Events who are a group of former intelligence and specialist military officers who create truly unique, high octane learning & development events based upon special operations and intelligence scenarios.

The event will run from 11 until 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, October 19 and 20. It has been designed to be suitable for children and adults age eight years plus and lasts 45 minutes.

Boundaries Edge Events said: ”We are delighted to be involved in the Festival this year. Haddo Country Park is the perfect setting for our latest espionage event, and we are really looking forward to seeing how many families manage to successfully crack the code and complete all the tasks.”

Haddo Regeneration Project Chair Cllr Paul Johnson said: “Haddo Country Park is steeped in history and provides the perfect setting for Operation Espionage.

“It’s also a great opportunity for visitors to see some of the work that has been ongoing over the summer as part of the park regeneration project. I hope families and young people from across the area take up the invitation to become spies for the day.”

The Unsolved festival is a partnership event between Public Image Events and the National Trust for Scotland.

To book tickets for the event visit www.nts.org.uk/unsolved

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It has four objectives: to develop and sustain a thriving environment for the arts, screen and creative industries; to support excellence in artistic and creative practice; to improve access to and participation in, arts and creative activity; and to deliver its services efficiently and effectively