Inverurie Events embarks on bold bid to boost town

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It’s official. The committee formed earlier this year to maximise event capability and efficiency in the town has been named ‘Inverurie Events’.

The committee’s first event will be held on Saturday (August 27) in the Square car park with member group stalls and music.

There will be stalls in the car park at Market Square including Garioch Heritage Society, Fair Trade, The Gaitherin and Garioch Development Group and there will be a static display from Garioch Sports Trust will be on show.

As part of the event, Monymusk Arts will be at the Visit Scotland Information Centre where home bakes and fine pieces will be on offer as well as samples of art work by Lorna Purvis who makes jewellery, Susan Cassie, book binder and Margaret Delday, wood carver, who will all be promoting the North East Open Studios which opens on Saturday, September 10.

In the square, there will also be live musical performances. Sneek Atttack from Chalmers Mackay School of Music will play from 10.30am until 12noon.

Ten-year-old Molly and 12-year-old Tilly will play between 12noon and 1pm, Molly on harp Tilly on guitar and vocals and between 1pm and 3pm members of Inverurie Pipe Band will play a selection of tunes. There will be four pipers and three drummers.

Vice chair and secretary of Inverurie Events, Neil Baillie said: “We waited until the schools are back to run the event so that people could see the impact and variety of the voluntary groups in Inverurie. From this event we’ll start working towards the St Andrew’s Day Parade in November and we are well in place now to put on four or five events in 2012.”

Garioch Development Group’s Jack Hendry said: “Our aim is to bring societies and clubs together in the town for their mutual benefit. The event will help to publicise our campaign to bring the various organisations together for the common good.”

Wearing his Garioch Heritage Society hat, Jack continued: “The Heritage Society will also be publicising its work to highlight the social history of Inverurie from early times to the present day.”

Ruby Mackay from Chalmers Mackay School of Music added: “The Chalmers Mackay Group, Sneek Attack has been together for one year and perform rock and pop standards with vocalist John Sorrie, Verdun Moar and Fraser McCann on guitar, Will Royce on base guitar and Scott Adamson on drums.

“Chalmers Mackay would like to wish Inverurie Events all the very best for their very first venture.”

Councillor Bryan Stuart expressed his pleasure and said: “It’s good to see the events committee getting their first event going. I hope it will be the first of many.”The whole idea is to get more trade, more visitors into the town and with the support of the traders, I’m sure the events committee will succeed, and of course, I hope they will get a fine day for it.”

Speaking as a trader, Janice Gibb said: “It’s good to see people coming together like this, it’s good for everyone.