Terrific Turriff Show and Fantastic Fyvie Live!

THOUSANDS of revellers descended on normally tranquil Fyvie Castle last week for the annual Fyvie Live concert.

Families from the north-east and abroad enjoyed comparatively fine weather at the event, which featured music from Sophie Ellis-Bextor and the Bogus Brothers.

Chart topper Ellis-Bextor sang hits Groovejet (If this Aint Love), Murder on the Dancefloor, and Take Me Home, while the Bogus Brothers performed their own takes on current chart music. The evening was rounded off with a spectacular fireworks display voer the castle.

The annual event will raise thousands of pounds for Friends of ANCHOR, who provide valuable funding for the ANCHOR unit at Aberdeen, which co-ordinates care of cancer patients in the north-east.

MEANWHILE, a near-record crowd turned out for Scotland’s largest two-day agricultural event at the weekend.

The Turriff Show attracted 45,000 spectators on Sunday and Monday - just short of the record of 50,000 set in 1999.

More than 20,000 poured into the Haughs showground on Sunday with an estimated 25,000 drawn in for the livestock showpiece the following day.

Organisers were delighted with the success of the event, which they had billed as bigger and better than ever.

Show secretary Bruce Ferguson said they had received positive feedback from exhibitors who had praised the quality of their accommodation and the hospitality of the hosts.

Mr Ferguson, Turriff and District Agricultural Association secretary, described the two days as a resounding success.

There was more space for both exhibitors and visitors following the recent completion of £70,000 of improvements to the showground.

The sheep classes attracted a record entry through the hosting of the national Bluefaced Leicester Show. Turriff also hosted the National Scottish Hereford Cattle Show, which featured visitors from across Scotland and further afield.

There was also a full ringside programme for the crowd featuring a variety of entertaining activites.

Officials have already started planning for next year’s show with plans to increase capacity for some events. This will involve additional work being carried out in the car park over and above the recent improvement work.