Youth event is a huge success

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Over 200 people attended a free open air concert organised by local young people in Banchory’s Bellfield Park earlier this month.

The evening event was the finale of a day of activities celebrating International Youth Day which included an energetic boot camp, street football and volleyball.

The event, which took place on August 10, was developed by Banchory Community Learning and Development (CLD) and Youth Industries with valuable support from the Edge/Rock youth groups.

Both CLD and Youth Industries support young people by allowing them to develop skills that will help them in future employment.

The 12 hour event gave a number of participants experience relevant to their college courses such as event management and sound engineering.

Isla Elliott, who is studying event management at Aberdeen College, played an important role organising the performers and sourcing sponsorship from local businesses.

Isla said: “Helping to organise this event has given me valuable experience and will help me find work in the future.”

Tyler Catt, who is studying sound engineering at Perth College, was an important member of the team ensuring that the sound equipment was set up for the performers to be heard.

The concert gave a number of young singers and musicians their first opportunity to perform in public alongside more experience artistes.

The Targetts were able to play to a home audience following their recent performance at Fyvie Live.

New band, Victoria Sponge, who formed especially for the event have since been invited to play at the Torphins Gala.

Marion Bolland of Youth Industries said: “There are many good young musicians and singers living in Banchory, these events give them their first opportunity to appear in public which is good for their confidence.

“The organisation of the day was down to the young people themselves, we adults played a very minor role, and they can congratulate themselves for a job well done.

“Thank you to all the sponsors and donations from local businesses which helped to pay for the essential equipment.”

The next youth band night will be held during September, for more information follow Youth Industries on Facebook.