Proposed supermarket site New Mains, has donated a five-figure sum to be named prime sponsor at this year’s Open Air in the Square.
Organisers have said the event is shaping up nicely and have thanked New Mains for the ‘significant’ donation.
Stonehaven-born brothers David and Richard Strang Steel have been long-time supporters of Stonehaven’s festivities, and sponsorship of this year’s OAITS builds upon their ten year history of donating the 30ft Christmas tree to the community, which stands in the town square.
The brothers are keen to see the regeneration of the town and have submitted a planning application to Aberdeenshire Council for a proposed supermarket site, near the junction of the new Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR).
There are currently five sites under consideration for the provision of a supermarket.
David Strang Steel, farmer at New Mains commented: “It’s important to support local events, especially at this time of year.
“We’ve seen the enjoyment our donation of the Christmas tree has brought to the community over the past ten years, and we are delighted to show our support to OAITS to ensure the event is delivered, and to promote Stonehaven as a vibrant town.
“A lot of decisions will be made for Stonehaven early next year, with a number of planning meetings to discuss the various sites on offer for the new supermarket.
“I hope that our support of OAITS demonstrates our commitment to the community and our dedication to offer Stonehaven a solution that meets its needs.”
Michelle Ward, OAITS organiser added: “This is a significant donation which has secured the event for this year. It’s great to have the support of New Mains, especially with their family ties to the town.
“This year’s event is shaping up brilliantly, and we are looking forward to welcoming Deacon Blue and our three other support acts – there are still a few tickets left, so don’t miss out.”
The application is currently awaiting decision and will go before councillors in the new year.