Students on supported programmes at Banff and Buchan College enjoyed an end of year xeilidh and prizegiving ceremony at Fraserburgh’s Dalrymple Hall on June 7.
Supported education managers Jim Saunders and Liz Gault said the event was organised by the second year students who run a ‘Time to Dine’ enterprise within the college as part of their course.
They have been supported by other students in the first year of the programme and also third year hospitality students and college staff.
The students have been learning ceilidh dancing once a week with Betty Smith from Cruden Bay so the evening event was a great opportunity for them to showcase their skills.
The students have been very lucky to secure support from many local businesses to help them reduce costs of the event to help with their fundraising and they would like to thank the following businesses and individuals:
TPA Fruit and Veg Turriff; Robbie Coutts Butcher Fraserburgh; John McIntosh Butcher Rosehearty; George Beedie; The Fish Plaice; Gary Noble Costcutter; Archie Steele (piper); Tesco; Lidl; Waterside Inn Peterhead (who provided the table linen and napkins); Belly Band (provided the ceilidh Music).
Prizes were awarded on the evening to outstanding students including:
Best first year student - Towards Employment Course: Siobhan Adamson
Best second year student - Towards Employment Course: John Lange
Best student - Towards Independence Course: Dean Jackson
Most improved student - Towards Independence Course: Steven Milligan
Carol Robertson Memorial Shield: Steven Milligan
As well as celebrating their successes during the year, the event will also be raising money to enable 12 students to compete in a ‘Sports for All’ competition in France in August which coincides with the 20th Anniversary of The Bressuire Twinning with Fraserburgh.
The students must raise £4,500 in total and have already raised £3,500 from a quiz night, sponsored walk, income from the Time to Dine enterprise and from a race night which was organised along with the Rotary Club.