Coastal Communities funding boosts Fraserburgh lighthouse trail effort

An application for community funding has been approved by the Banff & Buchan Area Committee.

Friday, 19th June 2020, 9:07 am
Updated Friday, 19th June 2020, 9:10 am
Councillor Brian Topping says he cant think of a better place to put the proceeds from the trail than to CLAN.

The committee discussed applications for the Banff and Buchan Coastal Communities Fund when they met via an online meeting on Tuesday, June 16.

An application for £2,498.50 was lodged on behalf of Aberdeenshire Council to provide a contribution to CLAN Cancer Support’s planned ‘Light the North’ lighthouse sculpture trail.

The trail will see over 45 2.5m tall lighthouse sculptures placed in locations around the north east of Scotland including Moray, Orkney and Shetland.

The trail was initially scheduled to begin in September but has been postponed until Spring next year.

Fraserburgh will host one of the large lighthouses and nine smaller statues forming a mini-trail.

The Fraserburgh project is a co-ordinated programme and features an active partnership between the local authority, Fraserburgh business community, local charities, Fraserburgh schools and CLAN Cancer Support.

Commenting on the CLAN Lighthouses sculpture trail Councillor Doreen Mair said the initiative was “great” and added: “It’s a great educational tool, the schools all getting involved and I think it will be a big tourist attraction at a time when we really need to draw people into the area so it’s got my 100 per cent backing.”

Speaking in support of the CLAN trail councillor Brian Topping said: “It ticks a lot of the right boxes, especially with the COVID-19 situation. With schools gradually going back, albeit it might just be for a couple of days with learning from home, it’s actually involving the local schools.

“When we talk about tourism we all remember Oor Wullie, people going around the country looking and getting their photographs taken with the different Oor Wullies so this is, albeit more localised, tourism and hopefully people going round spotting the lighthouses and getting their photographs taken and involving our National Lighthouse Museum in Fraserburgh.”

He added: “The final thing is when we’re talking about illnesses, apart from COVID probably the next biggest killer sadly is cancer and I think proceeds from the lighthouses being sold will go to CLAN and I can’t think of a better place to put it.”