Celebrating the Difference hailed a success by organisers

Celebrating the Difference in full swing.
Celebrating the Difference in full swing.

Hundreds of people flocked to the Celebrating the Difference event which was held last Saturday at North East Scotland College.

Organised by People First Fraserburgh, the event began with the skirl of bagpipes thanks to local piper Archie Patterson.

The day-long event aimed to bring people from the many countries represented in Fraserburgh together with people with disabilities.

The cafe area was packed with foods from many countries, including Thailand, Poland, Portugal, Brazil, Latvia, Lithuania, China and Scotland. A number of countries also provided stalls with pictures and information, including an incredible exhibition of fruit and vegetable sculpting from Thailand.

Another highlight of the day was the singing and dancing. Organisers said everyone was moved by the voices of the Lighthouse Rock singers and Nadejda Millington’s songs from Russia, and everyone clapped along to haunting Scottish ballads by Barry Gault.

There was also Scottish dancing by Rosie and Billy Joe and the Lawrence Academy School of Dance, as well as modern Scottish dancing from Step Up.

Organisers were delighted to see such a fantastic contribution from people from Lithuania who brought music, dance and food to give people a flavour of their country.

And Buchan Community Radio kept everyone upbeat as the event was broadcast live throughout the day.

Local organisations who provided information stalls at the event included: People First Fraserburgh, and their new welfare Rights project Lend a Hand; The Shared Life Scheme; Home-Start NEA; CIC (Community Integrated Care); Grampian Opportunities; the North East Scotland Credit Union; MHA (Mental Health Aberdeen); Active Aberdeenshire (disabilities); Aberdeenshire Signposting project, FIFFA (Fraserburgh International Families and Friends Association); GREC (Grampian Regional Equality Council); Grampian Women’s Aid; Fraserburgh Development Trust; STIGMA (People With Disabilities); and CLD (Community Learning and Development).

Lynn Calder, in her Highland dress, brought a very successful day to a close as she piped her way around the college.

Martina Hickey-Laing, a stall-holder representing some of the projects at Robertson Road Resource Centre, commented: “A great day was had by all.

“It went really, really well. So many people got a lot out of it and hopefully the photos will give a sense of the energy and excitement of the day.”

Commenting on the exotic dancers from Thailand and the dancer from Brazil, Alexander Thomson from People First said: “It was like suddenly being in a completely different country.”