Distillery handing out cheques to Upper Deeside

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Royal Lochnagar Distillery recently handed out cheques to some Ballater organisations from its annual Local Citizen Fund.

The Victoria and Albert Halls and Ballater Victoria Week were among the groups to benefit from the whisky giant’s donations.

Ballater’s V&A Halls are regularly used by a wide variety of community groups, and the provision of firstaAid equipment is essential.

Chairwoman Bell Macaulay said: “The award of £500 towards the cost of a defibrillator is much appreciated, and credit is due to Ian Halliday and to Diageo for their support.”

In 1845, John Begg built the “new” Lochnagar.

Today, Royal Lochnagar is owned by Diageo, and produces a relatively small amount of whisky, most of which is used in Johnnie Walker black and blue label as well as it’s famous single malt.

Cat Houston of BVW said: “Ballater Victoria Week was delighted to receive £250. They will be using the money to buy more ducks for the duck race (taking place on the River Dee on Sunday, August 17) which, in turn, will raise more money for Ballater’s hardworking groups.

BVW’s Adrian Scripps said: “A big thank you for Diageo and Royal Lochnagar for being prepared to consider us for their funding handout and to Ryan Cromar who did the paperwork. The Duck Race is going to be huge this year with lots of community support.”