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Community Festive Fun Day spreads cheer at Aberdeen Christmas Village

North-east charities, community groups and people with additional support needs enjoyed a free festive event in the heart of Aberdeen yesterday (Tuesday 12 December).

Aberdeen Inspired, which delivers the Aberdeen Christmas Village in partnership with Aberdeen City Council and Codona’s, laid on the special Community Festive Fun Day and invited guests to enjoy the winter wonderland in a relaxed atmosphere.

Now in its third year, the Community Festive Fun Day attracted groups from Sue Ryder, Maggie’s Centre, Aberdeen Foyer, Penumbra and several local schools, to name but a few, who got into the Yuletide spirit at the attraction on Broad Street.

They were treated to the rides, a session on the ice, free snacks and a soft drink in one of the marquees, where a disco took place all day.

The Lord Provost of Aberdeen Barney Crockett, added: “Aberdeen Christmas Village is central to the city’s festivities and it was an absolute delight to attend the Community Festive Fun Day.

“It’s a magical time of year and this special event ensured a lot of fun and enjoyment was had by all.”

Adrian Watson, chief executive of Aberdeen Inspired, said: “We’re very proud to host the Community Festive Fun Day at Aberdeen Christmas Village and it’s great to be able to give something back to such fantastic causes in the city and beyond.

“Although we have had to move locations this year, we are absolutely committed to making this as an inclusive event as we possibly can.

“We were delighted with the response from charitable organisations and groups across Aberdeen and the wider north-east, the uptake has been fantastic.

“It’s been wonderful to see our guests enjoying themselves throughout the day and I hope they have lots of happy memories from their visit.”

The Aberdeen Christmas Village is open until Sunday 31 December 2017.

Aberdeen Inspired is the banner under which the Aberdeen BID (Business Improvement District) operates.

It is a business-led initiative within the city centre in which levy payers within the BID zone contribute. Proceeds are used to fund projects designed to improve the business district and drive footfall to the zone. Due to its on-going success, the organisation won 2017 European BID of the Year.

For more information about Aberdeen Inspired is available at www.aberdeeninspired.com

Lord Provost Barney Crockett joined Linda Yule and Adrian Watson, CEO, Aberdeen Inspired along with (in middle row L-R) Kelsea Jolly, Junior Emea, Tristan Bernard and in the front row (L-R) Jaymie Forbes, Liam Jolly and Morgan Rennie.