Buchan bars are best bar none

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Thirteen Aberdeenshire bars have received Best Bar None awards today in recognition of their work over the last year to run safe and responsible drinking establishments.

And with eight of the winners in the Buchan area, it’s safe to say managers are doing their bit to keep the community safe.

The Palace Hotel, Harbour Lights, Cross Keys, Station Bar, the Grange Inn, the Fishie Pub, Cheers Cafe Bar and Tavern and The Commercial Hotel in Cuminestown.

Chairman of Aberdeenshire’s Community Safety Executive William Munro said: “Aberdeenshire has been involved with Best Bar None for a number of years now.

“It is wonderful that so many licensed premises across the region are continuing to demonstrate their dedication in running establishments in such a professional manner.

“The Community Safety Executive is committed to ensuring Aberdeenshire is a safe place for all who come to visit, and Best Bar None is a very effective resource available to us.”

Aberdeenshire has been involved in the scheme since 2007 through the Aberdeenshire Community Safety Partnership and the Scottish Business Crime Centre.

The Best Bar None scheme is sponsored by Diageo and has a number of aims, including: reducing the risk of alcohol related harm, disorder and crime; establishing a benchmark for good practice in licensed trade premises; identifying and rewarding responsible operators and share their good practice with others; raising public awareness of the benefits of choosing to use well run licensed premises and creating a positive vehicle for all sectors of the night time economy to work together in partnership.

Anyone who would like to apply for the 2013 Best Bar None awards should contact Kate Rigby, strategic development officer (community safety), on 013467 628439, or at kate.rigby@aberdeenshire.gov.uk