Hundreds of people attended Fraserburgh Heritage Centre during a two day open weekend showing their support for the plight of the centre which is facing swingeing cuts.
In an attempt to raise urgently needed funds, the centre, which is run by Fraserburgh Heritage Society volunteers, threw open its doors enabling visitors to attend free of charge and see the fantastic displays and artifacts particular to the town as well as the special attractions of the Moray Firth Gansey Project and Aberdeenshire Archives.
Commenting on the success of their visits, Aberdeenshire Archivist, Fiona Musk said: “This was our first visit to Fraserburgh with original records and it has been more than worth the trip, the interest has been fantastic, especially in the old school records. We have had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed meeting everyone, especially some of the older generation who have been reminiscing and giving us an insight into the people in the records that we look after.
“Although people are welcome to come and see the records in Aberdeen, by bringing the records to the town it makes them more accessible to local people. We are very grateful to the volunteers at Fraserburgh Heritage Centre for providing this opportunity and accommodating us.”
Edith Rattray, Aberdeenshire co-ordinator of the Moray Firth Gansey Project added; “It’s been a good day, with a lot of interest in the project and knitting itself. I am delighted with the level of interest from children, many who have learned to knit at school during visits from myself and other volunteers from the project.”
To raise vital funds needed to ensure the centre’s survival the volunteers had organised a bottle stall, a tombola, a raffle and sold home made pancakes throughout the weekend. Commenting, a representative from the Heritage Centre said: “It was a reasonably successful weekend and the volunteers at the Centre are grateful to the public for their support, however we are by no means out of the woods yet.
“We had a lot of interest from locals in the Moray Firth Gansey Project and Aberdeenshire Archives which both featured on Saturday and we would like to thank these organisations for coming along to the Centre.”