Charity calendar to support closed aquarium launched in Banffshire

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A charity calendar has been created to raise cash to support education work at a north-east aquarium.

The Friends of Macduff Marine Aquarium has gathered images from across the region and collected them into the new publication.

Last year, this included funding a new home for the centre’s octopus and helping to provide a new outdoor play area which was also supported by a local supermarket.

The news comes, despite the fact the relaunch of the Banffshire visitor centre, following a massive refurbishment, has been delayed.

The aquarium has been closed all summer for a refit to mark the site’s 20th anniversary.

However, a special event to mark its reopening last weekend was indefinitely postponed after bosses revealed work to seal the main tank was taking longer than expected.

A spokeswoman said: “As soon as we have completed road testing of the tank and can move the fish back, we will let you know.

“Please bear with us meantime – we’re very sorry for any disappointment but we are nearly there.”

Nevertheless, the Friends of Macduff Marine Aquarium organisation is working to promote the centre.

Chairman Keith Newton said: “The idea just came to us about three years ago to do something to support the aquarium and the Friends of Tarlair.

“It has been a very successful effort and the demand for it has increased each year. The money we raise will go towards something for the aquarium later this year.”

Mr Newton added that the funds raised would also help ongoing efforts to promote the region’s former outdoor swimming pool in Tarlair.

They are now on sale for £5 each, with the calendars ready for collection at the end of October.