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Raise a glass and say #CheerstoRabbie

Scots across the country are being asked to participate in the biggest celebration of world famous poet Robert Burns by raising a toast and saying #CheerstoRabbie.

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Strictly embargoed 00.01 Monday 3rd April; Cycling star Mark Beaumont, best known for cycling around the world in 194 days in 2008, will take ultra-endurance to another level by circumnavigating the globe in less than half that time.

Beaumont will be attempting to travel 18,000 miles around the world, starting from Paris on Sunday 2 July. As a warm up to the Artemis World Cycle, he will first cycle around the coastline of Britain, leaving on 4th April. The 3,500 miles, 15-day training ride will be at 80 days pace, with Beaumont cycling for 16 hours and 240 miles per day.

As part of his mission to travel around the world in 80 days, breaking the current world record of 123 days, set by New Zealands Andrew Nicholson, the Scottish adventurer is raising funds for Orkidstudio, which works to benefit communities worldwide through innovative architecture and construction. The journey will also be tracked through Twinkl, a global educational platform for primary schools.

Mark Beaumont lays down cycling challenge

World record breaking cyclist Mark Beaumont is calling on families to take up the challenge of ‘Around the world in 10 days’.

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One of the fish found washed up on the beach. Pic: Therese Alampo

Exciting marine find on beach

Wildlife experts and local people were left confused and at the same time excited after a collection of unusual deep-sea creatures washed up on an Aberdeenshire beach.

Environment
Road closure for bypass work

Road closure for bypass work

A short section of the B979 Netherley Road is due to be closed over the weekend, as part of AWPR work.

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Scotlands animal welfare charity is looking for members of the public who may have been a victim of unscrupulous puppy dealers in North-East

Scottish SPCA appeal for potential puppy farm victims

The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information following an investigation into a suspected puppy farm.
Crime
Sound idea...to commemorate Armistice Day centenary in November 2018, composer Martin Suckling is looking for readers help to sample church bells across Scotland.

Record your church bells for new Scottish composition

Readers are being asked to help create a new classical music composition to commemorate the centenary of armistice in November 2018.

Lifestyle
Care UK homes across the country will be taking part in Birdwatch

Getting ready for Birdwatch

A Stonehaven care home is preparing to take part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.

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MSP Peter Chapman has criticised cuts to the digital budget

Digital budget criticism

A North East MSP has challenged the Scottish Government over cuts to the digital connectivity budget at a time when businesses and residents are struggling with poor broadband coverage.

Politics
Stonehaven Running Club prizegiving night

Stonehaven Running Club prizegiving night

Stonehaven Running Club held its annual prizegiving ceremony at the Town Hall last Saturday, combined with a ceilidh with the band Clatterin Kist.

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Newlyweds at Pittodrie, the home of Aberdeen Football Club

Say ‘I Do’ in style at Pittodrie

A complimentary fizz reception is being offered to anyone booking an engagement party, or wedding, at the home of Aberdeen Football Club.

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Aberdeen Royal Infirmary

Anchor Unit to host recruitment event

The main unit serving oncology and haematology patients throughout the North East of Scotland is holding a recruitment day this weekend.

Business
Sophie Ewen

Girls’ nights to encourage more females into energy sector

Two free evening events will be held in Aberdeen next week in a bid to encourage more young women into the oil and gas industry and dispel the myths which may be holding them back.

Business
Golden retriever Dory, currently living with volunteer puppy walkers in the Aberdeenshire area

Volunteer appeal to raise guide dog pups

Animal lovers in the Stonehaven area are being encouraged to help raise a guide dog puppy.

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Stop being a stick in the mud...and get down and dirty in it when Tough Mudder returns to Drumlanrig Castle on June 16 and June 17 this year. (Pic: Robert Perry)

Make Scottish charities your New Year resolution

Losing weight, getting in shape, finally packing in the fags. All very worthwhile resolutions to make and keep this year.

Lifestyle
Bypass work to continue after firm’s collapse

Bypass work to continue after firm’s collapse

Work on the Aberdeen bypass will continue despite the announcement that construction giant Carillion has gone into liquidation.

Business
Closure of B979 Netherley Road

Closure of B979 Netherley Road

The B979 Netherley Road is due to close from around 8pm tonight (Friday) until 6am on Monday (January 15) as part of the AWPR project.

News
Mark Duncan has been appointed technical director by Macphie

Macphie’s appointment

Mearns independent food ingredients manufacturer Macphie has appointed a new technical director to its board.

Business
The Quayside is among three finalists in the Best Newcomer category

‘Oscar’ hopes for Gourdon chip shop

A Mearns chip shop is in the running for a top industry award.

Business
Two veterans who took part in a previous tour - now free trips are being offered to all World War Two veterans.

World War Two veterans offered free tours to pay respects to fallen comrades

The travel arm of the Royal British Legion is on a mission to find all surviving veterans of World War Two.

News
Mackie FP President’s men are too good for Captain’s XV again

Mackie FP President’s men are too good for Captain’s XV again

Beautiful winter sunshine greeted Mackie Academy FP’s annual Boxing Day games, for which the bottom pitch at Redcloak was in good albeit soggy condition.

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