From the Evening Express. 12 Jul 2017 10:18
A North-east community’s first ever gala day has been hailed a success, as organisers look to make it a regular event.
Blackdog held its inaugural gala on Saturday, as part of an effort to boost community spirit following years of high-impact construction works around the village. The community celebration also raised £2,000 to go towards improvement to the area’s children’s park.
Jamie Smith, member of the community’s organising committee, said: “The Blackdog Community Gala was a fantastic success.
“Seeing the residents and businesses come together to create such a fun day was rewarding for all involved, as the positivity of the community was very much highlighted throughout the day. Given the success of the community gala, we will be looking to group together to plan more days like this in the near future. We would like to thank everyone who came along and to all who supported the day.”
The gala day was organised as the community has been heavily impacted by a number of ongoing construction works. Projects currently under way are the onshore substation for the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC), Aberdeen’s bypass and the first phase of a £150 million scheme involving hundreds of homes.
The event was supported by a number of businesses, including the Swedish firm behind the wind farm development, Vattenfall.
Councillor Paul Johnston, who represents the area, said: “This was a great fun day in Blackdog with residents, friends and family. The sun shone for the community and people said this was the first of many Blackdog gala days as the community grows.
“It’s nice to see a community developing its spirit to make Blackdog a great place to live.”
Fellow ward councillor Andrew Hassan added: “Aberdeenshire is always at its best when our communities rally together and much thanks have to go to everyone who worked to put the event together – hopefully this was the first of many.”