The last FISSH Midsummer Ball was held on Saturday, June 23, in the Fraserburgh Leisure Centre. The venue was, once again, transformed by the decorating skills of the Ball Committee, a band of willing helpers and the Leisure Centre staff.
The Guests of Honour this year were the members of the FISSH Committee who have, over the last five years given their time, talents and energy to ensure the success of the project and, without whom, it simply would not have happened.
To John and Lana May, Andrew Bellany, Nichola Scott, Bruce Morrice, Mhairi and Melanie Ross, Jennifer Green, Betty Willox, Sarah Lawrance, Jean Cheyne, Trudy Neilsen, Angela Campbell, Kelly Pearson, George Thomson and Janeen Ritchie go FISSH’s heartfelt thanks, also to their unsuspecting families who have been willingly ‘roped in’ on many an occasion.
Over 300 people attended the event beginning with the Champagne Reception.
With everyone looking fantastic, it was obvious from the beginning that the event was to have a great atmosphere.
‘Picture This’, once again the band for the evening, ensured that the dance floor was never empty, with laughter and happy faces proof, if it were needed, that everyone had a great night.
This year, Fiona and James May were on hand to take photographs for those who wanted to have a memento of the evening. Photos of the event can be viewed on the FISSH Facebook page or ordered via their website at www.JAFAphotos.com.
FISSH say that the meal provided by the Leisure Centre, and the service throughout the evening, was first class, thanking David Watt and his staff for all of their hard work.
Thanks were also given to individuals and companies who provided the auction items, prizes and other support for the evening. Namely: Keir Milne Construction, Total E & P UK Ltd., G. & J. Jack Ltd, Santander, The Tufted Duck Hotel, St. Combs, Christina S FR220, Bruce o’ the Broch, Brian Leonard and Elite Photographs, The Pitsligo Arms Hotel, The Brentwood Hotel, Aberdeen, Michael Watt, Fraserburgh Football Club, Fraserburgh Car Sales, Fraserburgh Engineering, Kinneil Coaches and Peters Ices.
Also thanked, for the huge selection of fantastic raffle prizes that were donated, were the local shops and companies who helped to boost the evening’s success: McDonald & Stewart Jewellers, Rodgers Electrical, Tugz, Bicocchis, Nooks & Crannies, Maitlands, Watermill Coaches, Hush, Dunes, Lee Vannet at Dunes, Gardens Pharmacy, C. & A. West Garden Centre, Scissors Happy, St. Modans Shop, Donna McKenzie at Bodyshop, Dimensions, Elite Photographics, Shell Expro, Elizabethan Bar, French Fish Export, Bodymatters, Findlay’s Chip Shop, Fraserburgh Leisure Centre, Sunflowers, Andrew Begg’s, Frasers Florist, McIntosh the Butcher, Coutts the Butcher, Thorntons at The Gift Boutique, Kinx, Superdrug, D.G. Andersons, Homestyle, Lisa’s Beauty Room, Aberdeenshire Council.
FISSH would also like to thank everyone who donated before the event and on the evening.
The Midsummer Ball Committee (Kelly Pearson, Anne Marie Bellany, Lyn Dougan, and Doreen Mair) would like to extend our appreciation for all the help they have been given over the years by everyone to make these evenings such a success and, in the process, helped to raise over £65,000 for the project. They hope you have all “had a ball!”
They are both happy and sad to be giving up the running this event, but are delighted that Fraserburgh Forward has undertaken to keep the Ball going into the future. FISSH wish them every success and hope that people will continue to support this event to benefit other projects in the area.