Broch Blue Light Festival success

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A Fraserburgh festival that helps the emergency services engage with residents in a fun environment was hailed a success again this year.

The Blue Lights Festival was held on Sunday May 8 at the Leisure Centre with a crowd of around 2,000 people turning up to the event.

John Anderson, The Blue Lights Festival Chairman, said: “I think it went quite well, it was a bigger crowd than last year.

“We had around 2,000 people which was excellent.”

The Blue Lights Festival was an idea John, an ex-fireman, and his colleagues had 16 years ago to bring the people more in touch with the emergency services.

John said: “The people can see what the emergency are doing.

It gives the public an insight and the services can answer questions and give advice.”

The festival also attracts many charities who set up in the Leisure Centre with this year’s event having around 50 stalls.

The charities all get to be part of the event for free.

John said: “Speaking to some of the stalls they’re taking in around £100 to £250 and that’s money they don’t have on Sunday morning.

BLUE LIGHT FESTIVAL
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AMBULANCE TECHNICIAN COLLEEN EWEN DEMONSTRATES CP TO LOGAN PALMER (L) AND BRADLEY HIRST

BLUE LIGHT FESTIVAL (DUNCAN BROWN) AMBULANCE TECHNICIAN COLLEEN EWEN DEMONSTRATES CP TO LOGAN PALMER (L) AND BRADLEY HIRST

“It gets people involved in charity as well.”

As much as it is an informative day it is also a fun interactive day where children and adults alike can see what the services do up close and get to see the inner workings of situations most people usually see from a distance.

John said: “It’s a great day.

“We get people coming from all over.”

BLUE LIGHT FESTIVAL
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POLICE DOG EDEN WITH HANDLER TONY PESKETT MEETS AIMEE MELVIN(12) AND HER BROTHER JOSHUA(5)

BLUE LIGHT FESTIVAL (DUNCAN BROWN) POLICE DOG EDEN WITH HANDLER TONY PESKETT MEETS AIMEE MELVIN(12) AND HER BROTHER JOSHUA(5)

This year’s festival seen the International Rescue Corps come up from Grangemouth as well as a host of other emergency services on show including Fire & Rescue, Police Scotland and the HM Coastguard.

There was also entertainment throughout the day.

John said: “I would like to thank all the entertainment groups that turned up, the police service, the fire service and all the other services.”