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Peterhead Scottish Week going back to its roots as new group plans football gala

Peterhead Area Community Trust (Pact) chairwoman Dianne Beagrie and committee member Graeme Mackie at the Barclay Park Pavilion
Peterhead Area Community Trust (Pact) chairwoman Dianne Beagrie and committee member Graeme Mackie at the Barclay Park Pavilion

A Blue Toon community group plan to kick off a seven-day festival by bringing back a football gala.

The Peterhead Area Community Trust, known as Pact, will be hosting their first event as part of the town’s annual Scottish Week.

On the final day of the traditional town celebration, Saturday July 28, a football tournament will be held in Barclay Park.

When Scottish Week first started in 1962 the gala was a firm fixture of the week so the group decided to bring the festival back to its roots and host the event.

Pact is currently revamping the park facilities to make the space more usable and accessible and are excited to welcome hundreds of children to the pitch.

Chairwoman Dianne Beagrie said: “It’s exciting as this is the first time there has been a football gala as part of Scottish Week since who knows when.

“Scottish Week started in 1960 with a football gala as one of its events and grew from there.

“This is the first venture for Pact and it shows we are committed to working with the community.

“I was on the Scottish Week committee many moons ago and I am a massive fan of the work this small committee do.”

Children in primaries one to three have been invited to take part in five-a-side games and pupils in primaries four to seven can participate in the seven-a-side.


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The gala will also include archery, face painting, a bouncy castle, beat the goalie and refreshment stalls.

There will also be a dance event, Peterhead’s Got Talent, a kids party, a raft race, and an indoor market at Crowning Day on July 20, when the Buchan Queen and princesses are crowned.

This year’s queen is Christina Barnett and her two princesses are Emma Fraser and Aylie Donoghue – the trio will be attending all events through the week and carrying out various duties.

For the 57th Scottish Week last year, the committee had a special performance from the Red Arrows but it has not yet been revealed if there will be a similar guest this year.

Football teams can register at 11am, before kick off at noon. Entry is in advance only.

To enter a team for £15 , contact committee member Graeme Mackie  by calling 07950 974466

The event runs from July 20-28.

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