Plans for shopping evening unveiled

Fraserburgh town centre.
Fraserburgh town centre.

Plans for this year’s Christmas Shopping evening in Fraserburgh have been discussed at a recent meeting of the town’s Community Council.

Gillian Bain and Jozefine Duthie of Fraserburgh Forward Business Association spoke to community councillors about Fraserburgh’s Christmas Shopping evening, which is to be held on Friday, November 29.

One of the main attractions will once again be a Santa’s Grotto, where children will be able to visit for free.

Prior to last year’s event, organisers approached the Co-op and Tesco, then the only two supermarkets in the town, for donations for the Grotto. In total, 650 bags of sweeties were made up for the young residents of the Broch last year.

This year, the Grotto will again in a property on Broad Street. It will be free to visit Santa, but children will be able to get their photograph taken with the event’s VIP guest for a small charge.

Organisers hope there will be an indoor market again this year, allowing visitors to buy gifts for the festivities. Last year’s market was held at a property on Broad Street and proved popular.

Gillian Bain told community councillors that a number of marshalls would be needed for the event.

Also discussed at the Community Council meeting was the issue of parking.

During the Shopping Evening, the road will be closed from the bottom end of High Street to the first section of Broad Street. Kirk Brae and Saltoun Square will be also closed to motorists for the evening.

Entertainment will be taking place at Saltoun Square.

Commenting, a representative from Fraserburgh Forward Business Association said: “Preparations are well under way for our late night Christmas event.

“It looks to be another fantastic evening in Fraserburgh, with the highlight being a visit from the man himself, Santa.

“If any one wishes to be involved or take part, they can contact us at fraserburghforward@hotmail.co.uk”

Fraserburgh and District councillor Charles Buchan commented: “I hope that everybody turns out to support it.

“There are lots of great things happening at the event, including the free Santa. I wish it all the best.”