Torphins in Action sees MPs support event

Sir Robert enjoying his Piper
Sir Robert enjoying his Piper

The people of Torphins gathered at the local Health Centre on Saturday June 28 to learn about and promote local exercise groups.

‘Torphins in Action’ aimed to highlight all the local exercise groups and encourage sport and physical activity.

Despite the rain, the event was well attended by local groups and residents.

Dennis Robertson MSP and Mr Q attended the event .

He said: “The one thing which stood out on the day was the great community spirit, and the recognition of how important getting involved in physical exercise is, regardless of age or ability,”

Local MP, Sir Robert Smith also visited the Torphins practice for the event.

Sir Robert said: “I hope that this event will have encouraged people to be more active. Whether people choose to cycle, run, walk or become more active by working in the garden for example, any increase in activity will help to contribute towards a healthier lifestyle. ”

Mar Orienteering Club constructed two courses around the village. FormerWorld Silver Medallist Jon Musgrave completed the 4.2km long course. Equally committed, but a lot less sweaty, were the Torphins Walking to Health group. Organiser Beryl Watson said: “The group has developed walks for all abilities around Torphins, and is one of several groups in Deeside linked to the Cairngorm Outdoor Access Trust.”

Several members of the Torphins Bowling Club were also present and were keen to recruit new members.

Deeside Rugby Club and Torphins Tennis Club were also there.

Dr Neil Campbell said: “By keeping physically active you can reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer and numerous other diseases.”