John returns to helm of FJAS

REturning to the role of President of the Fraserburgh Junior Arts Society - John Gibson.
REturning to the role of President of the Fraserburgh Junior Arts Society - John Gibson.

John Gibson has returned to the role of president of one of Fraserburgh’s leading community groups.

He has once again taken the helm of the Fraserburgh Junior Arts Society.

Speaking to the Herald, Mr Gibson said: “At the AGM , I was voted in. Our president is only voted in for a year, so this will be my 14th stint.”

He has always been a strong advocate of the work done by the society, on and off stage, explaining: “I am feeling great about it. I love FJAS and proud of what they do.

So, I am very honoured to be asked to do the job again.

“At the moment, we are working on a show for the 4th Company Boys Brigade here in Fraserburgh, who will shortly be celebrating their 60th anniversary and, of course, we have the Panto.

“We will shortly be deciding which one we will be doing this Christmas and appointing a Producer,” he added.

He was heavily involved in the FJAS’ contribution during the Fraserburgh 400 year in 1992 and in there trip down to perform at the Millenium Dome.

He said: “I have been a member of the Junior Arts for 37 years and have always been very active in the society. I think I have gone through all the posts just about, so I was well trained before they elected me as president,” he laughed.

The president added that new technology offered great opportunities for the society, but added that embracing them must be done with a clear head.

“I think the real challenge is technology, how open everything has become with the internet and Facebook,” he said.

“Before it was a case of writing in minute books and deciding things in committee and then trying to let everyone know what you are doing, but now everyone knows what you are doing through new technology.

“So it is a matter of making sure we control our own destiny,” he added.

FJAS had a large part to play in the community beyond the stage.

“I have said that we have got two shows, but of course, FJAS does far more than put on shows. We run workshops throughout the year and help bring shows to Fraserburgh.

“We also bring up professioanls with specialisations to conduct workshops that benefit our members and ultimately build on our skill set. Infact, we do lots of things that are never mentioned. People think that we are a pantomine-orientated society and we are not. We are much more than that,” he added.