Banchory is bonnie!

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Organisers of Bonnie Banchory’s Keep Scotland Beautiful Spring Clean day on Sunday (May 6) described the turnout of volunteers as ‘fantastic’ and paid tribute to all those who came out to help clean up the town.

The final tally of litter collected in the two hours of the clean-up amounted to 30 large black bags, covering several areas including Bellfield Park, Silverbank, Hill of Banchory and around the riverbank.

Margaret Paterson, one of the organisers of the event said: “We are very grateful to the Hill of Banchory School and the Cub Scouts who did a truly fantastic job and turned out in such numbers.

“There were 50 volunteers starting off at the east end of the town and whilst it was a tough job, there was a great sense of community spirit as people worked together.

“I was also pleased by the attitude of many members of the public who took the time to stop and thank the volunteers for their efforts.”

Cllr Karen Clark (Banchory and Mid Deeside) was one of the Bonnie Banchory committee members who was at Bellfield Park.

She also paid tribute to the Cub Scouts and their leaders who joined in and helped with the clean-up.

She said: “We went from bright sunshine to hail at one point, but our hard working volunteers never gave up and remained in good spirits.

“It makes a huge difference to have pride in our town and I want to thank everyone who turned out on the day- a Bank Holiday weekend as well!”

Bonnie Banchory also thanked Tesco’s Community Champion, Ruth Morrison, for organising food and refreshments at the store for after the event and Aberdeenshire Council who provided black bags, litter pickers, hi-viz vests and a skip for all the rubbish collected.