Special celebration in Ballater to bring in the New Year

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Ballater will be hosting a special Hogmanay celebration to mark the end of a difficult year for the village.

The Victoria and Albert Halls (Ballater) Trust will be running a programme of events entitled “Bring in the Bells with the Ballater Community” thanks to a grant from the Big Lottery Fund.

The project has been awarded £4998 from the Fund’s Celebrate programme.

It will be held in the Victoria and Albert Halls on December 31 to help the community put memories of the devastating floods of a year ago firmly in the past.

The programme will include a children’s adventure in the late morning and a tea dance in the afternoon, both with catering and entertainment, followed in the evening by the “Bring in the Bells” Hogmanay Hootenanny with music provided by TOTICO 10-piece band in the Victoria Hall.

A fireworks display at midnight will see in the New Year.

Gordon Riddler, trustee of the Victoria and Albert Halls (Ballater) Trust, said: “We are delighted to have received funding from the Big Lottery Fund to make this event possible.

“What is really important is to herald in a New Year with brighter prospects for residents and business.