Balmedie enjoys a festive extravaganza

Emily and Dylan on Santas sleigh
Emily and Dylan on Santas sleigh

Villagers in Balmedie turned out in force on Saturday to support the annual Christmas fun day - despite atrocious weather.

Gale force winds and heavy rain failed to dampen the spirits of local people and visitors alike as they enjoyed hours of entertainment.

It was the second festive extravaganza to be arranged by the White Horse Inn and the organisers say it will now be firmly established in the Balmedie calendar.

The events included a farmers’ market, which was affected by the weather, a craft fair, birds of prey and a visit from Father Christmas and his Cairngorm reindeer.

White Horse owner Euan Bain told the Times: “It went very well despite the weather. We had to take down the stalls for the farmers’ market because it was unsafe with the high winds.

“We managed to fit some of the food stalls inside beside the craft fair.”

Euan said up to 330 youngsters visited Santa’s grotto.

He added: “The event was a great success and well supported by the local community. This is something which could run for many years in Balmedie.”

A popular feature was a display of birds of prey by 2 Wit 2 Woo.

It was a special day for two Balmedie Primary School pupils.

Emily Robertson and 
Dylan Woodrow won a 
painting competition and took pride of place on the sleigh as Santa and his reindeer made their 
traditional procession through the village in the afternoon.