‘Best ever’ Ballater Victoria Week

The Royal Guard's Fijian Choir took first prize at the Talent Show.
The Royal Guard's Fijian Choir took first prize at the Talent Show.

The 26th Ballater Victoria Week has been hailed a resounding success and the ‘best ever’ by the event’s organisers.

Nine days of fun and events hit the Upper Deeside village with numerous events held.

The buzz was palpable as visitors and locals took delight in kind weather and the record number of imaginative scarecrows and innumerable fun events, such as the vehicle parade and fayre, duck race, picnic, pet show, 4x4 safari, discos, films, ghost tours and family ceilidh, plus lots of children’s, musical, outdoor and sporting events.

The week ended on a glorious note with the first Victoria’s Got Talent show, in which an array of talent from home and abroad wowed a packed Victoria Hall. First prize of £100 went to the Royal Guard’s Fijian Choir, second to Ballater singer Katie Hendry (9) and third to comedian Cameron Cox, of Dinnet.

Joanna Whysall and her team at The Deeside Inn played host to two very successful CLAN fundraising events, a quiz and afternoon tea, as well as assisting with fancy dress judging duties.

Amy Muir’s Victorian Photo Studio was again a great success and the results can be seen at www.amymuir.com.

Ballater Songsters put in a star performance in the Victoria Hall, raising over £1,000 for the V&A Halls restoration and CLAN Cancer Support.

The bean counting is still ongoing but it is hoped that this year’s BVW overall will have raised a bumper amount of cash for local organisations and causes, with most events sold out and all those entered by donation also packed out.

BVW Co-ordinator Adrian Scripps said: “We could not be more pleased with how things went this year. The sunny smiles and great atmosphere around the village this week makes all the hard work worth it. Many thanks to everybody who helped or took part in any way; we couldn’t do it without you. There’s always things we can improve on so if you’d like to help out then please get in touch. Thanks also to our sponsors this year... See you all again soon.”

Full results available online.