Strichen Community Park fun day has been hailed a success, attracting hundreds of people to the fun filled event and raising over £1000 for the maintenance and upkeep of the park.
Speaking to the Herald, Stan Tennant, secretary of Stichen Community Park Company, said: “Much to the delight of our committee and our many helpers, Sunday dawned dry and warm with a promise of a bright, sunny day to come.
“That afternoon, several hundred people arrived to enjoy the music of Stewart and Duncan Whyte, who quickly livened up the tempo of the day, as the crowd tried their luck on the Whisky Wheel, the bottle stall, and the golf and bowls games.
“Everyone also enjoyed the barbecue, with beefburgers kindly provided by Fowlie’s the local butchers, and ice cream.
“With face painting for the children and a small collection of various items for sale at the small car boot stands, there was something for everyone. “Then, only about an hour into the proceedings, the Scottish summer proved true to form when the heavens opened and a monsoon-like downpour soaked everyone.
“We were fortunate that we had been loaned a small marquee, which proved a godsend in almost keeping dry all those hardy souls who had stayed on. But when the rain at last cleared, everyone got back to enjoying the music and winning prizes on the games and raffles,”
The park, which has been brought back to life by the charitable organisation has been redeveloped for community benefit, with the refurbishment of the original derelict Gate Lodge into a cafe and restaurant now providing a year-round meeting place, recreation facility and tourist attraction. Mr Tennant added: “The Strichen Community park committee would like to thank all those people who turned up to support the event, which, despite the weather, succeeded in raising over £1,100 for the maintenance and improvement of the park.
“Many thanks must also go to all the helpers and volunteers who had worked so hard to make the day a success, and in particular to Stewart and Duncan Whyte for their musical input and to Aberdeenshire Council for the use of the marquee. Maybe next year we will be blessed with some real summer weather for a change!”