Blue Light Festival returns to town for the 11th year

Lots to see!: Belly dancers entertained visitors inside when the weather was bad outside.
Lots to see!: Belly dancers entertained visitors inside when the weather was bad outside.

The Blue Light Festival returned to Fraserburgh for its 11th year on Sunday.

Due to bad weather in the morning, the crowd was thinner than usual, but this changed in the afternoon when more Brochers came out to see the festivities.

Among those present were police, ambulance workers with a brand new ambulance vehicle, the fire brigade, Coastguard and the RNLI who put on demonstrations throughout the day.

The festival raised thousands of pounds for local charities, many of whom had a stall inside the leisure centre.

Demonstrations by the Red Cross and Ambulance Service began the day with firefighters later showing how to safely extinguish a chip pan fire. A road crash was also staged to show how effectively services work together after such an accident.

A pipe band, belly dancers and Portsoy’s ‘Skip 2 The Beat’ dancers all entertained the crowd while an Army assault course was on offer for challengers.

John Anderson from Fraserburgh Fire Station said after the event: “It was a successful day and there was good contingency among the police, fire services, ambulance service and all the services who put on demonstrations.

“Inside the hall were various stalls with different local charities hoping to raise money at the festival. The weather was against us in the morning which we believe is why there were a smaller number of people who turned out than usual, as this was our lowest attendance in the 11 years the festival has been going for. It was the first year we had to wear jackets outside!

“A big thank you to those who did attend and made the day successful. Also a big thank you to all the services who brought their vehicles from different locations to do the demonstrations. It was thoroughly enjoyed by all who came along!”