Victoria Week fun as Ballater celebrates

Ballater's Victoria Week has been going with a swing
Ballater's Victoria Week has been going with a swing

Ballater’s Victoria Week is in full swing with a host of activities transforming the village into a colourful community of fun.

Memories of the devastating floods have been banished as villagers put in a massive effort towards the popular annual celebration.

Local people and visitors alike have been joining in the varied programme of activities taking place over the 10 days.

Co-ordinator Adrian Scripps said: “It’s been going great. Thanks to everyone for showing their support for Ballater.

“Highlights so far have definitely been the vehicle parade and the dog show.”

More than 60 events have been organised including films, a car parade and Sunday fayre, pet shows, duck races, scarecrow trail, Highland games, discos, quizzes, and many other sporting, music, foodie, outdoor and historical events. Look out for decorated sandbags this year.

Ballater Highland Games takes place today (Thursday), followed by the Crerar Ceilidh in the Victoria Hall from 7.30pm.

A new event pitching Lads v Lassies is scheduled for tomorrow.

As the event draws to its finale on Sunday, there will be a book fair in Victoria Hall from 10am-5pm, a duck race on Church Green at 1pm and a big duck racing on the River Dee at 3pm.

Tickets and programmes are available from various outlets in the village, and also the box office in the hut on the green, which will be open daily from 10am until 5pm.