Civic reception is welcomed

Local councillors have welcomed the announcement that a civic reception is to be held on Sunday, September 16 to commemorate local Olympic success.

Inverurie and District councillor and Shadow Leader of the Council, Hamish Vernal approached Provost Jill Webster suggesting an event be held to recognise North-east athletes. He said: “I’m delighted for the athletes and those from the North-east involved in the Olympic success that this event will be taking place.

“The medal winners and the many local athletes, torch-bearers, stewards and families of those involved who did so much to contribute to the event have done Scotland proud and it’s right and proper that the North-east honours its own.

“Athletes from Aberdeenshire have turned in tremendous performances at the Olympic Games, and we can be justly proud of these young men and women who are competing against the best in the world.

Councillor Richard Cowling said it was something to be celebrated in the community and added: “I think it’s fantastic to mark the success of team GB - the people who push themselves above and beyond the norm and show a desire to win. Winning is important, I think it shows we have a positive attitude. The Paralympics is also proving this and the desire to win is in everybody.

“The legacy from the Olympic Games will allow all children to have the opportunity to become future Olympians and become future winners.

Councillor Bryan Stuart was also in favour of the reception. He said: “It’s good to recognise local people that have made it in their chosen sport to such an exalted level.

“I’m sure it encourages people to get more active, which can only be a good thing in promoting general health.

When you get role models like Hannah Miley, it encourages everyone to have a go.”

The party of Olympians, Paralympians and those that helped make the London 2012 happen will tour Aberdeen in an open-topped bus prior to the reception at Haddo House.