Feature: Fraserburgh’s Get Fit Super Saturday

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Fraserburgh folk were only too happy to join in the fun at Super Saturday.

The Get Fit Fraserburgh theme was to the fore, with healthy food and a range of sports clubs on hand to help whip people into shape while they did their shopping!

While the weather was far from fair, at least the rain stayed away – ensuring crowds thronged into Saltoun Square and Broad Street.

And they were even dancing in the streets – thanks to brother and sister duo Sarah and Duncan Whyte, also known as M2.

The band were so popular that people were boogeying!

Teresa McCallion, Super Saturday co-ordinator, said: “It was fantastic to see people enjoying themselves.

“M2 were brilliant and went down a storm with the crowds; it’s the first time I can remember people actually dancing in the streets!

“It all added to what was a fantastic atmosphere in the town centre.”

Some 25 stalls were set up in the town, some featuring local businesses and others cottage enterprises from across Aberdeenshire.

Food lovers were well catered for with a cake decorating demo from Cakerella and an amazing tasting gazebo run by the Fraserburgh Rotary Club and local volunteers.

Teresa said: “Businesses in and around the town always willingly donate produce for Super Saturday.

“People can enjoy sampling some of the best produce the area has to offer, while enjoying all of the entertainment and stalls.

“We couldn’t do it without this continued support.”

While Super Saturday takes a different theme every month, from May to September and the December festive event, the one constant at the event is the amazing support it receives from the community.

As well as business backing, locals come out in force to support the event.

And a large and loyal band of volunteers help Fraserburgh’s Development Trust Ltd ensure its smooth running.

With only three paid Trust members of staff, the army of volunteers are a vital cog in Super Saturday’s well-oiled wheels.

“We really couldn’t pull it all off every month without the support we receive from the volunteers,” said Teresa.

“We have two guys who go round the fortnight before ensuring all the posters are up round town and an army of helpers who help set up and run events.

“On Saturday, the two biggest attractions were M2 and the climbing wall.

“The wee ones love scrambling up it – and adults even gave it a try this time!

“Stalls and events were also manned by local sports clubs including Fraserburgh FC in the Community, Fraserburgh Fitness Centre and Fraserburgh Storm Basketball Club.

“And the health theme continued at the Saturday Shack, where a variety of entertainment for the children was run this time round by local nursery Playbarn – who also brought along healthy snacks.”

Stalls sold jewellery, handbags, plants and shrubs, handicrafts, food produce and more besides.

And the two charity stalls were manned by Enable and Fraserburgh Rotary Club.

Teresa said: “Each stall pitch costs £25 but the two charity stalls are free – allowing them to raise funds and awareness without having to fork out for it.”

Happily no-one has to fork out a huge amount at Super Saturday, with the hook-a-duck costing just 25p a time and the lucky dip 50p a go. And all of the entertainment is free.

Funded by Aberdeenshire Council since 2013, it is again being funded for 2016-17.

Super Saturday’s aim is to entice shoppers back into the town to ensure that it not only survives but thrives.

It has certainly helped to achieve that. In 2013, around 30 units were empty in the town centre. Now, only around ten are empty.

Teresa added: “It’s been fantastic for the town – and long may it continue!”

Super Saturday’s August theme is Fraserburgh’s Foodie Delights. It will be staged on August 13.