Vol­un­teers in bid to set up her­itage so­ci­ety to cel­e­brate his­tory

Evening Express (City Final) - - UK & Abroad - By Peter David­son

A COM­MU­NITY is be­ing asked to vote for favourite im­ages to take pride of place in a newly

their vote to make this re­fur­bished li­brary.

de­ci­sion as rep­re­sen­ta­tive Vot­ing is now open for of the com­mu­nity as peo­ple in Banff to choose pos­si­ble.” from seven old pic­tures Among the pic­tures to de­pict­ing life in the town. choose from are

The top three will then be Long­more and mounted on the walls of Fraser stores in

Banff Li­brary, which has the High Street, re­cently un­der­gone a Banff Bay and £295,000 re­fit. the lo­ca­tion

Coun­cil­lor Gil­lian Owen, where the chair­woman of li­brary was Aberdeen­shire Coun­cil’s even­tu­ally built ed­u­ca­tion and chil­dren’s in 1902. ser­vices com­mit­tee, said: The li­brary “It is lovely to see the staff re­opened its at Banff Li­brary in­volv­ing doors last month the com­mu­nity in de­cid­ing fol­low­ing the re­fur­bish­ment which of these beau­ti­ful and now boasts new dig­i­tal im­ages will be dis­played. re­sources and a 3D prin­ter.

“I would urge as many Cllr Mark Find­later, peo­ple as pos­si­ble liv­ing in vice-chair­man of the the Banff area to cast com­mit­tee, said: “It is go­ing to be a re­ally hard de­ci­sion to choose which of these fan­tas­tic pic­tures will be dis­played on the li­brary walls.

“They all are win­dows into the his­toric past of old Banff which will bring back lov­ing mem­o­ries for some and in­spire oth­ers to find out more about their story.

“This won­der­ful newly-re­fur­bished li­brary is well worth a visit for lo­cal folk and vis­i­tors from fur­ther afield, so please pop in.”

It oc­cu­pies the two ground floor rooms of a C-listed build­ing that houses both a pub­lic mu­seum and the li­brary.

The works were funded from the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s Re­gen­er­a­tion Cap­i­tal Grant Fund and cov­ered the re­fur­bish­ment of the li­brary and mu­seum as well as work on the for­mer Meal House on Banff’s Bridge Street to turn it into a cre­ative stu­dio.

Vot­ers have un­til Oc­to­ber 31 to cast their votes.

To vote visit: www. sur­vey­mon­key.co.uk/r/ HFKW6CM

Mac­duff pupils, from left, Lilly Watt, Louise McNeil, Lewis Mur­ray and Leonie Reid work on the his­tory app at Duff House.

PRO­POS­ALS to launch a her­itage so­ci­ety in a North-east town have been un­veiled. A pub­lic meet­ing was held in Mac­duff to gen­er­ate in­ter­est in the scheme which vol­un­teers hope will pro­mote the unique his­tory of the port.

Or­gan­iser John West said: “Other towns and vil­lages have so­ci­eties to pro­mote their her­itage, so we are look­ing to see what in­ter­est there might be in such a project.”

The scheme has been backed by lo­cal coun­cil­lor Mark Find­later.

The meet­ing’s co-or­gan­iser Stan­ley West added: “Lo­cal busi­nesses and vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tions have played a part in gath­er­ing his­tor­i­cal arte­facts and doc­u­ments.”

The project is the lat­est at­tempt to cap­i­talise on on­go­ing re­gen­er­a­tion in the town.

Lo­cal schoolchil­dren have helped gather in­for­ma­tion to be in­cluded in an in­ter­ac­tive her­itage trail. They at­tended Duff House last week to be­gin in­putting in­for­ma­tion to a mo­bile app.

They are all win­dows into the his­toric past of Banff

olDen DaYs: From Banff town cen­tre to the beach, there are a va­ri­ety of pho­tos. an­tiQUe VieW: Banff pic­tured in the days long be­fore cars.

ex­plor­ing past:

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