A whale of a parade!

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THousands of Peterhead folk wrapped up warm on Friday night and lined the streets for the long-awaited Leviathan parade,

organised by Theatre Mode.

Over the past six weeks Theatre Modo have been working hard with the young people of Peterhead, Mintlaw, Fraserburgh and the

surrounding areas, to put all the pieces together for Friday night’s triumphant success.

And to cap a wonderful night’s

entertainment the celebrations ended with a stunning fireworks display at the Links.

Martin Danziger, artistic director for Theatre Modo, said: “We are delighted that Leviathan has been such a success.

“Friday’s parade was a culmination of all the hard work and commitment from the hundreds of young people across the area. It’s fantastic to see their efforts appreciated by the folk of Peterhead who were clearly amazed by the talent displayed during the parade.”

The organisation wishes to thank all of the supporter’s that made the event possible, including The Reaching Out Project, Shell, Community Planning Partners and Aberdeenshire Council.

In-kind donations from local businesses and organisations greatly helped the community to stage the spectacular parade, Speedy Hire provided all the generators and lighting for the event and were a constant source of support throughout the project. Vehicles for floats and staging were provided by Marshall Logistics, Asco’s, Whyte’s Crane Hire, Fraserburgh Can-do Project and Aberdeenshire Council, and Score assisted with publicity costs.

In addition, over 50 local volunteers assisted the smooth running of the event by stewarding the route and many more worked behind the scenes to ensure the event was one that the town could be truly proud of.

A special thanks also goes to the three local volunteers who put a huge amount into the project, Jenny Emslie, Joanne Findlay and Katie Innes.

Dr Whiteford and Councillors Smith and Pratt were among the crowd to see the parade start off from Peterhead Community Centre.

Commenting, Eilidh Whiteford MP said: “This was a wonderful spectacle to witness. A huge amount of work had obviously been put in by the young people to their costumes, the floats and the music. The efforts of the performers were clearly appreciated by those who turned out to see the parade.”

Councillor Stephen Smith commented: “This was a very colourful display and also highly reflective of Peterhead’s whaling heritage.

“I’m delighted for the young people involved that they received such strong support from the townspeople of the Peterhead for their efforts.”

Councillor Stuart Pratt added: “The turnout tonight was an absolutely fantastic achievement and all those involved in making this event such a success deserve our congratulations.”

Those who went along to the event are being asked to fill out an online survey which can be found at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/leviathanaudience

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We asked our Facebook fans what they thought of the event:

“It was magic, well done to all who made it happen, can’t wait until next year” - Sheena Summers

“Fabulous” - Linda Garland

“It was really good” - Lynne Stott

“Fantastic, good family fun for all” - Serena Geddes

“It was amazing” - Nicola Cavanagh

“Was great, loved it and so did my son” - Alison Lockhart

“Excellent - well done to everyone involved” - Alison Hay

“Brilliant parade with beautiful costumes. Well done to all involved. The fireworks were spectacular, best I have ever seen and my kids loved it” - Ashleigh Duthie