Skateraw Fair Saved

SKATERAW Fair will go ahead this year, following a call for locals in Newtonhill and surrounding areas to come together and save the event, writes Rachel Campbell.

More than 20 people turned out to a meeting held in the Newton Arms last week after organisers announced that, without more support from volunteers and the community, the popular annual event would have to be cancelled. The event has been a firm fixture in the calendar for many years, and it includes sports and social events for all age groups, culminating on the last Saturday of the month in the afternoon long fair and evening dance.

But last year the evening dance was cancelled due to poor ticket sales, and organisers said that they would need more volunteers to make the event a success again.

Following a successful meeting on February 2, a Fair Committee was set up under the chairmanship of Newtonhill resident Mark Dalglish, and around a dozen more volunteered to help him organise the June fair.

Local Councillor Ian Mollison said that the turnout to the meeting had been “amazing”. He added: “It is really good news that so many people have come forward to keep the fair alive. The fair is vital in bringing villages together.

“Mark and the new committee will bring fresh enthusiasm to the fair.”