Cash still needed for disabled facilities

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The group behind the Hogmanay Open Air In The Square party is still bidding for cash to help provide disabled facilities at the event.

Kincardine Area Committee councillors unanimously voted to provide £3,000 to Stonehaven Festivals and Events for a specially-built platform for disabled spectators but the group is still bidding for money from an application to the Bank of Scotland Community Fund. The platform would be available to other members of the community.

The bid has reached the halfway mark and OAITS this week encouraged Stonehaven area residents to keep on voting through the OAITS Facebook page, SMS text, Twitter, online and by putting tokens in a collection box at the bank’s Market Square branch.

Text voters should send the message Vote NGM to 82332. Twitter users should click on the message “We are up for a @BankofScot Community Fund award” and retweet this message to vote for us to #CommFund NGM. Details can be found on communityfund.bankofscotland.co.uk

OAITS committee member Elaine Ewen said: “Every year at Hogmanay we attract about 5,000 people to Stonehaven Square - benefitting local businesses and hotels.

“This year, we would like to purchase a raised, heated marquee to provide a safe and warm disabled area for our 2014 event starring The Human League. We are extremely grateful to the council for their £3,000 donation but we still need funds to cover things like generator hire.

“There are four groups bidding in our area including Down Right Fun Angus Group; Adoption and Fostering Group Angus and North Angus District Scout Council - but we are the only one representing the Stonehaven district.

“We would be delighted if the community could help us raise some much-needed money by adding their vote.”

A Bank of Scotland Community Fund spokeswoman said: “We believe in helping local communities to thrive. That’s why we are offering the opportunity to champion a good cause in your area.”

This year in Scotland 232 causes in 58 communities were shortlisted for the awards.

Tickets for this year’s Hogmanay event starring The Human League and the Peatbog Faeries plus other acts are available on www.oaits.org

Organisers are hoping to repeat the success of last year, which saw Simple Minds take to the stage in the Market Square to entertain 5,000 revellers as they saw in the New Year in Stonehaven. The traditional Fireballs ceremony will also be taking place simultaneously, making the town a busy place on Hogmanay.

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