Ballater ready to hang out the bunting

Volunteers organising the street party were all affected by flooding.

Volunteers organising the street party were all affected by flooding.

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Ballater is preparing to hold a Royal celebration to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday.

Volunteers have organised a Happy Birthday Ma’am street party on Saturday, June 11, to build up community spirit following the devastating flooding last December.

We all really wanted to give something back to the community which allowed everyone to get together

Rev David Barr Organising Committee

Many businesses affected have already reopened or are set to reopen in the summer, and the party is among various events planned to welcome tourists back to the village.

Rev David Barr, one of the organisers, said: “All of the volunteers involved in the planning of the street party were affected by the floods in some way.

“We all really wanted to give something back to the community which allowed everyone to get together and celebrate what a fantastic place Ballater is.”

Richard Watts, of Ballater Business Association, said: “There’s been a real buzz in the village in the run-up to the street party.

“Local businesses have been getting involved by donating goods and money towards the event, while all the volunteers involved have done a brilliant job at organising the party.

“It’s so inspiring to see how far Ballater has come as a village and as a community.

“This will be very apparent during the street party and we hope that visitors join us in celebrating in the Queen’s birthday and how far Ballater has come in 2016.”

The free celebration - featuring live music, games and a bouncy castle - is from 2-11pm at the Churchyard Green. Those attending are encouraged to bring their own picnic.