Maureen’s Matters - I’ll be doing my bit

Picture from the Scottish Government

Picture from the Scottish Government

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As Christmas is now a distant memory, it’s natural to start thinking of the next holiday.

We’re lucky to live in an area which is a strong draw to tourists.

The River Dee catchment attracts people from all over the world, whether to visit royal palace, the Cairngorms, Aberdeen, or the river itself.

VisitScotland are starting a campaign to encourage more people to come to Scotland for tourism, whether from near neighbours or further afield.

Any keen users of social media can check out #ScotSpirit on Twitter, which is a way to showcase why Scotland’s a great place to visit.

I’ll be doing my part for Deeside and the Mearns, and I’d encourage you to do the same.

It could be a lot of fun too, showing off the best our area has to offer.

An opportunity for a nice walk, or to visit somewhere you haven’t been for a while.

Last week I had the chance to visit Tennent’s brewery, where they will now be putting the calorie content on every tin of beer.

It’s sobering to realise quite how many calories can be in a single drink.

I hope that others follow suit, so that it’s as easy as possible for people to understand how much energy we’re getting from our drinks.

Most people enjoy a drink, and this kind of information should help us all to make informed decisions about what we’re drinking.

I was delighted that Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital received an excellent inspection report.

This shows the hard work and dedication of hospital staff as well as the efforts of the ARCHIE Foundation.

It’s never nice when children need medical treatment, but it helps enormously when parents can take their kids to a welcoming facility with a strong track record in providing the best possible care.