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Blooming marvelous Dufftown

Dufftown in bloom
Dufftown in bloom

Dufftown is up against just six other communities to become the best kept large village in the UK.

The Moray Community was put forward for the Britain in Bloom award after its great success last year in the Keep Scotland Beautiful competition.

As a consequence judges from the Royal Horticultural Society were walking its streets yesterday to make sure everything was spick and span.

Alistair MacDonald, chairman of Dufftown in Bloom, said; “The square couldn’t look better than it does at the moment. However, it’s taken hundreds of hours to prepare.

“We’ve had to do it all ourselves since Moray Council no longer support us due to cutbacks, so I’d like to thank everyone in the community who’s helped.

“Even being nominated to take part is a tremendous honour for Dufftown.”

Anne Fraser, who is the secretary the group, said: “We are really excited about being a part of such an important competition.

“It is a real opportunity to show off what you can do with a small band of dedicated folk who want to make a difference.

“It’s helping us to advertise to the rest of the UK that Dufftown is so much more than the whisky that is distilled here.

“We are trying hard to bring more and more visitors into the village to spend more time and money here.”

A delegation from Dufftown will be travelling down to Bristol in October to learn the results of the competition.

Meanwhile, a flower festival is also running in the historic Mortlach Kirk to commemorate the centenary of World War I and celebrate the Commonwealth Games.

The festival will culminating in a concert on Sunday, August 3, by Bel Canto.

The local vocal group made up of music students will be performing a mixture of classical and Scottish pieces between 2-4pm.

Admission £5 adults, £1.50 children.

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