Dee and Don project win big cash prize

Paddy Crerar, Chairman of the Crerar Hotels Trust presented the winners - Dee and Don Ceilidh Collective - with their cheque and certificate at The Deeside Inn

Paddy Crerar, Chairman of the Crerar Hotels Trust presented the winners - Dee and Don Ceilidh Collective - with their cheque and certificate at The Deeside Inn

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The Deeside Inn’s Dee and Don Ceilidh Collective received a £25,000 prize last week for bringing together the young and old in a meaningful way.

The group were the recipients of the Crerar Hotels Trust’s very first Community Prize on Thursday, December 10, at the Deeside Inn.

The only criteria was that each proposal should result in an ongoing interaction between the generations in a community within one hour’s drive of any Crerar Hotel.

The Dee and Don Ceilidh Collective’s project aims to ultimately develop a Deeside revival of traditional dancing and music.

Paddy Crerar, chairman of the Crerar Hotels Trust, said: “The idea of a two year programme of schools, old folks, village halls and local pubs and hotels within Deeside all being brought together to encourage music, singing and dancing is so simple the board were convinced it would be effective.

“The evident passion and commitment shown by the project members was infectious.”

Megan Albon, project co-ordinator of the collective, said: “We are absolutely over the moon and so grateful to the Crerar Trust for making our dreams a reality.

“This will bring a huge amount of joy, fun and hope to our villages in Deeside.

She added: “We can’t wait to get started.”