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Blown away: Deeside Activity Park are rebuilding their fishing hut which got obliterated by strong winds
Blown away: Deeside Activity Park are rebuilding their fishing hut which got obliterated by strong winds

On a dark and stormy night near the end of last year an old Deeside fishing hut was picked up and hurled through the air by powerful winds.

The hut, which had withstood snow, storms, rain and shine for about 30 years at Deeside Activity Park, was finished. The elements had smashed it up beyond salvage.

Park owner Ken Howie said: “Just a little before Christmas, before all the flooding started, we had a very stormy day.

“Our old fishing hut was picked up by the winds and travelled 40 or 50 metres.

“It was really quite frightening actually - the power went off, and for a little while you would’ve thought someone was trying to take the roof off.”

The shed was discovered the following morning, splintered beyond saving. Now the Deeside Activity Park are working on replacing the old hut with what used to be the site office when the park was under construction.

“We thought to ourselves, this is a great opportunity to bring the old site office back to life,” explained Ken. “And this one will hopefully be a little bit more structurally sound than the old hut.”

The former site office was made up of two old shipping containers bolted together.

Having been out of use for many years, it was last week moved to its new home by the loch, where it will be refurbished and made up to be the activity park’s new fishing hut.

It will be relaunched officially in April with a small party to mark the occasion.

Deeside Activity Park is a farm diversification project offering a broad range of activities including shooting and quad-biking. The park won the Best Outdoor Adventure Experience category at the 2015/ 2016 Aberdeen City and Shire Tourism Awards.