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Project launched to encourage Christmas shopping during Deeside dining

Councillor Geva Blackett
Councillor Geva Blackett

A new initiative has been launched in Deeside, which encourages people to do their Christmas shopping whilst eating out in the region.

Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside councillor, Geva Blackett, has kick-started the Made in Marr project, designed to offer a “stress-free” way of purchasing presents for loved ones.

The festive scheme will see local craftspeople bringing a variety of pop-up stalls to the Falls of Feugh Restaurant, near Banchory, and the new-look Learney Arms bistro in Torphins.

The wares on offer will vary from ceramics and glassware by Listening Owl Pots, to products from Mark4Art, baby and children’s clothing from Tracey Coutts-Trotters and leather goods by Kathy Greaves.

The events will take place at the Falls of Feugh on Thursday and in Torphins on December 14 and 21.

Mrs Blackett said: “The concept is really aimed at providing tourists with well-made local souvenirs at a reasonable cost as well as helping talented crafters find a market for their wares.

“Quite a few men, in particular, have said they just don’t know what to buy their wives and girlfriends, so I thought a Christmas pop-up might help them out.”

Both businesses are planning to hold raffles with prizes from the stalls on offer and the proceeds going to good causes.

Owner and chef at the Falls of Feugh Restaurant, John Chomba, stated: “So many people say they just don’t know what to buy family and friends for Christmas as the shops all sell the same things.

“So when Geva approached me with the idea of hosting local craftspeople, I thought this was a great way to invite people to buy unique gifts.”

Thomas Drummond, the man behind the new-look Learney Arms, added: “I think this is a great way to bring people to Torphins.

“They can do their fresh food shop at the market, do some Christmas shopping at the bistro and choose where to have coffee and lunch without the horrible queues and noise you find in the city.”

For further information, contact 013397 41541.

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