SNP name Broch Council candidates

Aberdeenshire Council Candidates 2017, from left - Councillor Brian Topping; David Donn; and Councillor Charles Buchan.
Aberdeenshire Council Candidates 2017, from left - Councillor Brian Topping; David Donn; and Councillor Charles Buchan.

Former fishing skipper and offshore worker David Donn has been selected by SNP members as a candidate in the Fraserburgh & District ward.

He will stand with Councillors Charles Buchan and Brian Topping in the forthcoming election to Aberdeenshire Council. The ward includes the villages of Rathen, Memsie, Inverallochy and Cairnbulg.

Mr Donn (50) was born and raised in Fraserburgh and lives in the town. He is married with two daughters and two grandsons, with a granddaughter on the way. As a former fishing skipper and ex-offshore worker, Mr Donn feels he has the experience and background to identify with a large number of residents in and around the Fraserburgh area. He is a member of Fraserburgh Community Council and other local voluntary groups and supports and champions the many and varied voluntary community groups in Fraserburgh and the surrounding villages.

Charles Buchan was elected as a councillor at the 2012 election and was formerly head of physics at Fraserburgh Academy. He comes from a fishing family and went to the white fish and herring fishing before studying at Aberdeen University. He is married with three children, has lived in Fraserburgh all his working life and taught at the Academy for 44 years. Mr Buchan was active nationally, being for six years Convener of the Scottish Examination Board’s Science Panel. His contributions to teaching were recognised by a UK National Award in 2009.

In the past five years representing Fraserburgh & District, Mr Buchan has worked with councillors across party lines to get the best outcomes for Aberdeenshire. As a result, he was elected chair of the council’s Fisheries Working Group, and vice-chair of the Education and Children’s Services Committee. He is a Governor of the Dick Bequest Trust, a director of the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses, and is involved in supporting Fraserburgh businesses.

Completing the SNP team for Fraserburgh & District is Brian Topping, who has represented Fraserburgh and surrounding area for 33 years. He is married to Joan and has three children and five grandchildren, all of whom live in Fraserburgh. As chair of the Fraserburgh & District Community Safety Group, he has worked to help drive forward many projects which have benefitted the community. An avid football fan, Mr Topping can be found at Bellslea Park for most home matches.

* We will be happy to print other candidates’ details as they become available to us - Editor.