Fraserburgh’s annual Blue Light Festival is upon us again, kicking off with some activities in advance of the main event due to be held on Sunday May 15.
Last weekend, Saturday May 7, volunteers were kept busy all day with the car wash at Fraserburgh Fire Station and tomorrow, May 13, there is a fantastic quiz night at Fraserburgh Leisure Centre with teams of 4 invited to participate for an entry fee of £10 per team.
The man with all the answers is quizmaster, Norman Cameron, who will start the event at 7.30 pm.
The main events for the Festival takes place on Sunday May 15, from 12.30 pm until 4.00 pm. One of the event organisers told the Herald: “Outside, this year the parade will be lead by the Old Parish Church Bugle Band, followed by Anne Buchan Dancers.
“The Army Cadets will be demonstrating their new skills looking after accident victims, contacting emergency services, caring for casualties until the emergency services arrive and pass care over to paramedics and police. There will be joint exercises involving a car and cyclist accident, requiring Police, Ambulance and Red Cross.
“The Strong man competition kicks off at 1.00 pm, with six events including a car dead lift, 330 kg tyre flip, 120 kg atlas stone lift, pressing up to 100 kg above their heads and so on strong men from Fraserburgh, Fort William, Peterhead and Aberdeen will be in attendance.
“Scotland’s four times Strongest Man will be at the Festival, Chris Jones, (aka. Goose) and Ken Nowicki who is in the top five in Scotland.
“They are going to be setting a Broch Record carrying 175 kg Broch Tomb Stone for a distance of....you will have to come and see and show your support to the Strong men, it is in aid of Friends of Anchor.”
Indoor events will see a variety of great entertainers and stalls. The organiser continued: “Inside will see some great entertainment from Steven Summers dancers, skip to the beat from Portsoy, Bell ringers from Old Parish Church and South Park School Choir. Various stall holders will also be fundraising for charities.”
One group, which will be making its debut at the Blue Light Festival, is the Fraserburgh Development Trust. The organisation, which aims to improves facilities and opportunities in the AB43 area, will have a couple of stands at the event this weekend.
Its aim is to raise the profile of the new group and to get feedback from the local community. They have already brought back into use the former Black and White Club, which is now a hub for community groups and services, including Healthpoint, Homestart and Choices. It is also the base for the first Community Health Development Worker in the north east.
A spokesperson for the FDT told the Herald: “We want to get feedback from the community as to what they would like to see for Fraserburgh.
“We are working towards the regeneration of Fraserburgh, both the fabric in terms of buildings, but also community regeneration, marrying up the need for services and facilities.”
The event organiser added: “The Boy Scouts, Army Cadets and hopefully Sea Cadets will be in attendance too and Brian Topping will be compere for the afternoon. There are still some tables available should anyone wish to attend they can contact D Morrice on 01346 510661. “
Car parking for the Blue Light Festival is on the Links entering via the War Memorial, stall holders entry to the Leisure Centre is via the back or side door.