Preparations
underway for this year’s Mid Summer Ball

Eclipse to play at the Mid Summer Ball in June.
Eclipse to play at the Mid Summer Ball in June.

Preparations are already underway for this year’s Mid Summer Ball which will be held in the Fraserburgh Leisure Centre on Saturday, June 21.

Ann Bell will host the evening, which will include reception drinks, dancing, raffles - including a number of luxury raffles - and an auction.

After a champagne reception - sponsored by Pure Essence - and dinner, guests will dance the night away to Eclipse.

Eclipse not only write their own songs and boast an award winning accordionist but have an extensive play list to keep guests on the dance floor all night.

For more information on Eclipse, visit the Eclipse XS Promotions page on Facebook.

Each year, the Mid Summer Ball is held to raise funds for Fraserburgh’s community Christmas lights and to make sure the Broch continues to sparkle in December.

A committee was formed last year by Fraserburgh Forward Business Association and the Rotary Club to raise funds for the upkeep and maintenance of the town’s lights, following a review of Christmas lights funding by the Council.

Each year, proceeds from the fund-raising pay for the purchase of new lights; insurance costs; repair and maintenance of light connections; hanging of the lamp post lights, which is kept to a minimal fee by Downies Electrical; and repairs to the lamp post lights by lighting specialists, which is the single most significant part of the budget.

Major replacement work was required this year to the wires and bolts for the hanging of the suspended lights. The wires and bolts were generously supplied free of charge to Fraserburgh by Ian Smart of Aberdeen Lifting, who also provided his staff to check the old wires and hang the new wires.

The committee are also very grateful to the Harbour Board for providing staff to replace the wires along with Aberdeen Lifting. Thanks also to Colin Smith of Colaren Homes, who makes a driver available to put up and take down the suspended lights each year; John Maitland and staff at Maitland’s; Alex Strachan of Alex Strachan Electrical Ltd.; and Gray and Adams, who transport the lights when they need to be repaired, without any cost to the town.

Maitlands store the Christmas lights, free of charge, during the year.

For the future, organisers hope to not only continue to cover the repair and maintenance costs but to continue to add new lighting to the town’s present offer.

Tickets for the Mid Summer Ball in June are priced at £35.

If you would like to book a corporate table or a table for you and friends or family, contact Carolyn or Emma-Jayne on 01346 516909. You can also make contact through the Fraserburgh Midsummer Ball Facebook page.

If your company is willing to donate a raffle prize or auction item for the evening, email the business association or contact Carolyn or Emma-Jayne on 01346 516909. If required, organisers can arrange collection of prizes.