May 292015
 

With thanks to Ian McLaren, Innes Associates. Pictures: JN Photography.

Amie Flett and Megan O’Brien, both 15, Bridge of Don.  Credit JN Photography

Amie Flett and Megan O’Brien, both 15, Bridge of Don. Credit JN Photography

Excitement is building for the north-east’s largest youth singing contest, ahead of this Saturday’s grand final.
The NEX Factor singing competition, sponsored by Apex Industrial Chemicals and RSL NDT, highlights the most promising music stars between the ages of 13 and 19 from across Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray.

Twelve talented teenage acts will line up in the final at the Thainstone Exchange, Inverurie on Saturday, 30 May 2015, with all funds raised going to Aberdeen-based charity Cash for Kids.

Over 100 youngsters applied and through a series of auditions the judges whittled the field down to the final 12 acts – 11 soloists and one duo – to vie for the 2015 NEX Factor title and win a fantastic first prize.

This year’s winning act will receive £1,000 in prize money, a session at a recording studio, a personal art portrait, plus an amazing day out in London with world-renowned music artist Emeli Sandé, Aberdeenshire’s most successful pop star.

The 28-year-old multi Brit Award winning singer songwriter, who has had three number one singles in the UK, was keen to give her time to the winner of the NEX Factor after hearing about the competition’s charitable contributions. Each entrant was asked to donate £5 to Cash for Kids to help support local young people of a similar age who are ill, disabled or disadvantaged.

This year the NEX Factor also attracted interest from the X Factor production team who asked event organisers for talent recommendations for the hit Saturday night show.

Around 700 people are expected to pack into the Thainstone Exchange for Saturday’s final with the audience voting for the winner. Tickets are selling quickly, and all proceeds from the contest will go to Cash for Kids, which raises money for the welfare of local young people under the age of 18 living in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

Competition organiser, Yasmeen Ali, said:

“This year’s NEX Factor final is set to be a fantastic event. The finalists are of an extremely high standard.  Regardless of who triumphs on the night, all of the finalists have done really well to get to this stage and I’m sure have very bright futures ahead of them. Those in the audience on the 30th will have a difficult job selecting the winner, but in years to come they can say they helped put these youngsters on the road to stardom.

“NEX Factor is a community event that benefits those in needs and encourages charitable giving in children. It’s for the kids, by the kids. We hope to raise a large amount to allow Cash for Kids to continue its incredible work.  There is a lot of excitement amongst the finalists about the prospect of a day out in London with Emeli Sandé, and we can’t thank her enough for her involvement.”

Kyle MacRitchie, 14, Inverurie.  Credit JN Photography

This year, all but one of the finalists is female.

Each finalist will perform two songs chosen by themselves and they will line-up on stage in the following order: 18-year-old Courtney Murphy from Mintlaw; Tammi Whyte, 15, from Aberdeen; 17-year-old Alannah Moar from Laurencekirk; Banchory’s Anna-Louise Barton, aged 16; 14-year-old Kyle MacRitchie from Inverurie; Megan Williams, 17, from Dufftown; Rebecca Henderson, 16, from Kennethmont; Bucksburn’s Rachel Brechin, aged 18; 16-year-old Bambie from Inverurie; Talitha Brown, 17, from Aberchirder; 15-year-old duo Amie Flett from Bridge of Don and Megan O’Brien from Balmedie; and Iona Fyfe, 17, from Huntly.

Tickets for the NEX Factor final are priced at £15 per person and can be purchased via the Cash for Kids website at www.northsound1.com/charity/fundraising-appeals/nex-factor/.

Cash for Kids’ Michelle Ferguson said:

“There is a lot of talent in the NEX Factor final and I’d like to wish all the finalists the best of luck.  This brilliant initiative is shaping up to be a great night out for everyone who attends and their contribution to the event will help to make a huge difference to the lives of children in the local area.”

Cash for Kids is Northsound Radio’s listeners’ charity.  It makes grants to individuals, families, children’s groups, organisations and projects throughout the Northsound transmission area.  All money is raised locally and spent locally to benefit local disabled and disadvantaged children and young people under 18.  More information on Cash for Kids can be found at www.northsound1.com/charity, or telephone 01224 337010.

May 222015
 

PAUL LAWRIE & HARVEY SMITH004With thanks to Dave Macdermid.

Local organisation h-events has been appointed as the exclusive official hospitality agent for the inaugural Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play which will take place at Murcar Links this summer.

The prestigious European Tour event takes place between Thursday 30th July and Sunday 2nd August and, with a prize fund of €1 million, will feature 64 leading players on The Race to Dubai in a straight knockout match play contest.

Open winner Paul commented:

“h-events has been successfully delivering excellent hospitality and entertainment packages to the business community of Aberdeen and the north east of Scotland for many years. I’m delighted to have them as an Official Sales Partner of the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play because of their knowledge and experience of the marketplace.”

Harvey Smith, Managing Director at h-events, added:

“We are really pleased to be playing our part in what we believe will be a great event. Aberdeen is fast becoming an aspirational golfing destination and Paul Lawrie, ably supported by Saltire Energy, has done a brilliant job in attracting another major European Tour event to the Granite City.

“Following on from the very successful Scottish Open last year, the short stretch of North Sea courses from Royal Aberdeen to Murcar and on to Trump International ensures that Aberdeen and the north east of Scotland boasts some of the best courses anywhere in the United Kingdom.”

Further information and corporate enquiries can be made by telephoning 01330 826514 or by emailing joy@h-events.co.uk. www.h-events.co.uk .

Event website: www.paullawriematchplay.com
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Apr 102015
 

Thousands of spectators don fancy dress for the Aberdeen Asset Management Melrose Sevens, but what does your costume say about you? With thanks to Eoin Smith, Tricker PR.

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Bo Peep will have the most outgoing personality in their group of friends. The sheep go with the flow.

Watch any sporting event up and down the country and you will see hundreds of people arrive dressed up as fantastical creatures, fictional characters and terrifying ghouls with the aim of shedding their inhibitions and having a good time.
From 26 mile marathons and fun runs to premiership football and rugby sevens, wearing anything remotely normal is often actively discouraged.

In fact, fancy dress has become such a big part of sporting events that many fancy dress shops have clothing lines specifically for sport fans.

The Aberdeen Asset Management Melrose Sevens is renowned for its annual fancy dress themes and creative regulars working year round to find the best costume and out-do the competition. And with unlimited costume options available to the budding reveller – what does a costume say about its wearer?

Spacemen

Dressing as an astronaut or an alien is the perfect choice for someone with high aspirations in life.

They seek the respect of their peers by dressing up as genuine national heroes who are routinely blasted into space.

Quite often these dressers-up are likely to have been fans of Blue Peter as children, with tin foil, lampshades and even the odd scrap of sticky-back plastic making an appearance in their often-DIY costumes.

Little Bo Peep and her Sheep

Group costumes are always popular as they bring with them a sense of belonging and togetherness. With this particular group, there is a very clear leader: often Bo Peep will have the most outgoing personality in their group of friends, and the sheep will be those that are happy to go with the flow. Or, in the case of an all-male group, Bo Peep might just have been the one most eager to put on a dress.

Animals

Animals 2Dressing as an animal depicts your innermost desires and instincts, stripping your personality back to its most primal attributes.

A fierce jungle animal, like a lion or tiger, can reveal a feisty outgoing personality, ready to pounce on any opportunity presented.

Likewise, someone who dresses as a mouse or a rabbit is likely to be a bit quieter and more considered… or at least wants to appear to be!

Food

Some food costumes are designed to tie in to a particular brand while popular choices – like bananas and carrots – appear to promote a healthy eating regime. Whatever choice is made, the food costume is designed to show how quirky and individual the wearer is while in reality they can look more fast food than haute cuisine.

Superheroes

Everyone loves to be a hero, and with the rise of geek chic the superhero costume is definitely in fashion. Dressing like a comic book hero can be empowering – making the wearer feel like they have unlimited potential just waiting to be unleashed. But the superhero costume is a double edged sword – pick one too common and you might not be the only Spiderman at the games, pick one to obscure and you could end up as the Bananaman sitting on his own in the corner!

Historical Figures

Someone who likes to show off their intelligence might like to dress as an important figure from history. Dressing like one of humanity’s greatest thinkers is a sure-fire way of displaying just how cultured and learned you are – or at least how cultured and learned you think you are. And for those on a budget or in a rush, history provides a quick fancy dress fix – simply wrap a sheet around your body and you’re instantly transported back to Ancient Rome.

Rugby fan Gaby O’Leary loves to dress up for matches, and her Welsh daffodil costume has become well recognised at games across the UK – she even once zip-wired into Wembley Stadium wearing her rugby jersey and Daffodil head (under her crash helmet of course).

Gaby says,

“I really enjoy dressing up for rugby matches as there is a real sense of camaraderie before, during and after the match. There is always friendly banter with the opposition’s fans, and recognition and solidarity from people in similar costumes. I think that camaraderie also extends to fans who don’t dress up as the excitement and fun factor of the crazier outfits never fails to start a contagious smile amongst all rugby fans.

“It’s a really positive social aspect of attending rugby matches – even if your team loses!”

SpacemenWith a long tradition of fancy dress, the Aberdeen Asset Management Melrose Sevens holds a fancy dress competition each year.

As an added bonus, the Melrose Sevens tournament last year commissioned its own tartan designed by Bordernet and produced by Lochcarron of Scotland.

Featuring a yellow and white stripe on a black background, the tartan colours are inspired by the Melrose Rugby Football Club strip and fans are encouraged to incorporate this into their costumes.

Douglas Hardie, Marketing Convenor of Melrose RFC, says,

“Each year we are astounded by the creativity and inventiveness of those who dress up, so we can’t wait to see the costume designs the fans will produce for our 125th tournament this April.”

The world’s oldest – and most famous – rugby sevens tournament, the Aberdeen Asset Management Melrose Sevens, takes place for the 125th time on Saturday 11th April 2015. The home of rugby sevens, the game was founded in Melrose in 1883. Teams from across Scotland will compete on the pitch, alongside international teams, for the Aberdeen Asset Management Melrose Sevens Ladies Centenary Trophy.

For more information on the Aberdeen Asset Management Melrose Sevens visit www.melrose7s.com, like the tournament on Facebook at www.facebook.com/melrosesevens or follow updates on Twitter @melrosevens.

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Apr 102015
 

By Duncan Harley.

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Jennifer Shaw, as Dolly Parton, wins ‘Inverurie Stars in their Eyes 2015′ at Inverurie Town Hall.

As the dust settles on Inverurie Stars in their Eyes 2015, Dan Greavey and colleague Alison Sandison of  Right Here Productions put out a big thank you to everyone who helped out in any way whatsoever!

The acts, sponsors, bar staff, judges, technical, John the hall-keeper, the dancers and last but not least the audience members were, they said “magnificent” this year.

The Archie Foundation, the Junior Diabetes Research Fund, Westhill SensationAll and Gaitherin 2015 will all benefit to the combined tune of well over £2649-50.

Judges Callum Bell, Leigh Ryrie and and Keith Ross plus almost the entire studio audience voted Dolly Parton outright winner at the Easter Saturday sell out event. In the guise of 26 year old Jennifer Shaw, Dolly easily beat off stiff competition from the likes of Elvis and David Bowie.

As_the_bar_runs_dry_Bowie_mixes with the audienceThe Garioch’s very own genuine Elvis Presley (Stuart Faskin), Kintore’s favourite Jarvis Cocker (James Allan), Dyce born virtuoso Norah Jones (Cath McPherson), phantom singer Sarah Brightman (Valerie Chapman) and the unequivocal star man David Bowie (James Pritchard) – goodness that was a mouthful – simply weren’t up to the famously busty winners standard as Dolly’s 1974 country hit ‘Jolene’ almost literally brought the house down.

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house and as the raffle tickets ran out and the bar ran dry, a guid’ night was had by one and all.

At least that’s what they told me to write.

In truth of course this was a charity fundraiser like no other.

As last years winner Will Young (Jordon Abberly) said towards the end “And it feels like jealousy, and it feels like I can’t breathe, and I’m down on my knees, and it feels like jealousy, can I get my cheque now please?”

Inverurie’s very own Stars In Your Eyes Master of Ceremonies Mathew Kelly, known locally as Dan Greavey will be – ahem – “sending out the cheques shortly.”

Images and words © Duncan Harley

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Mar 272015
 
Eilidh Whiteford Strichen Park Photography Contest

Eilidh Whiteford at Strichen Community Park with (from l to r) runner-up Lee-ann McLean, winner Debbie Breese and contest organiser Arthur Will.

With thanks to Paul Robertson.

Banff & Buchan MP Eilidh Whiteford was on hand at the weekend to present prizes to the winners of a special photography contest.

Strichen Community Park challenged amateur photographers to snap the park looking at its best. The contest was a runaway success with visitors from as far afield as Australia submitting photographs via the Park’s Facebook page.

Over 100 entries were submitted and on Saturday at the Park, the winners were revealed as Debbie Breese from New Aberdour for 1st and 3rd prizes, with Lee-ann McLean of Inverallochy scooping 2nd prize.

Eilidh Whiteford, who presented the prizes to the lucky winners, commented:

“The Strichen Community Park is one of the real beauty spots in Banff & Buchan and has been increasingly popular in recent years.”

“There were some beautiful shots of the Park through all the seasons and the winning entries were really quite special. What a fantastic advert for the Park and for the North-east.”

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Feb 052015
 

Rugby AAM Melrose7s2With Thanks to Janice Hopper.

On Saturday 11 April 2015 Aberdeen Grammar will take to the pitch for this year’s Aberdeen Asset Management Melrose Sevens which transforms the picturesque Borders town of Melrose into a rugby Mecca. Having reached the semi-final in 2013 it’s hoped that Aberdeen can push into the finals in 2015 and take the trophy home to the Granite City.

The tournament will be televised by the BBC allowing sports enthusiasts to enjoy the fast action remotely but over 12,000 rugby fans will travel to Melrose from across the globe to personally experience the buzz and atmosphere of the live action.

Aberdeen Grammar will face stiff competition in the form of around 20 hungry Scottish teams, international teams from South Africa and Germany as well as last year’s winners, Glasgow Warriors.

Sponsor Aberdeen Asset Management is proud to back the world’s most prominent rugby Sevens contest for the fourth time. The tournament originated in Melrose over a century ago when local player Ned Haig, thinking up innovative ways to raise funds for his Melrose team, devised a shorter, faster rugby game played with seven men per side.

The popularity and passion for the sport has grown year on year transforming it into the global phenomenon it is today.

Martin Gilbert, chief executive of Aberdeen Asset Management says: 

“This year’s Aberdeen Asset Management Melrose Sevens will be in the spotlight as it’s the historic 125th playing of the tournament.  Not only does the event attract high calibre players, both local and international, to the Greenyards grounds in Melrose, it also entertains and inspires visitors who travel miles to see the action unfold.

“Next year the sport makes its Olympic debut in Rio de Janeiro so the players will be determined to hone their skills and put on a great show in preparation for this. Aberdeen Asset Management is honoured to be associated with a sport that is loved by Scots and is also set to take the Olympics by storm next summer 2016.”

The tournament offers excitement and entertainment both on and off the pitch making the Aberdeen Asset Management Melrose Sevens an excellent experience for families, couples and any rugby fans who enjoy fast and slick sporting action. Tickets for the event cost from £10 for children, from £15 for senior citizens and from £20 for adults.

Family tickets are also newly introduced this year costing £50 for two adults and two children. All tickets are available at http://www.melrose7s.com.

The 125th playing of the Aberdeen Asset Management Melrose Sevens takes place on the 11 April 2015.

The game of rugby Sevens was created in Melrose in 1883 and its popularity has spread to attract global interest and participation. Teams from across Scotland will compete against international teams in the Borders town of Melrose which takes on a carnival atmosphere for the duration of this key date in the sporting calendar.

To find out more about the Aberdeen Asset Management Melrose Sevens visit http://www.melrose7s.com

Jan 232015
 
Johnnie Gamba action shot

Johnnie Gamba (13) in action.

With thanks to Janice Hopper, Tricker PR.

The members of every sports council know that investing in future talent is as important as supporting the current stars.  The Aberdeen Asset Management Melrose Sevens tournament annually inspires and nurtures young rugby trailblazers in the local vicinity and beyond.

This year the event kicks off on 11 April 2015 attracting quality rugby players from Melrose itself, Scottish teams (such as the Glasgow Warriors) and international teams (from South Africa and Germany) for young hopefuls to admire and emulate.

The event will also hold its 31st annual Junior Sports Clinic to spot and train the next generation of great rugby players.

Held on the morning of the Aberdeen Asset Management Melrose Sevens tournament the sports clinic attracts over one hundred carefully selected youngsters from clubs and schools across Scotland who undergo concentrated training exercises and matches.

This year the clinic will again be led by Rob Moffat, a Scottish rugby union coach who was head coach at Edinburgh, and also spent time coaching with the Scotland A team, Glasgow and the Borders. He is assisted by a dozen coaches from all over Scotland so the youngsters who spend time at the clinic are truly accessing priceless professional experience.  One such young lad on the touch line is a local talent to keep an eye on.

Rufus McLean, Age – 14.

Plays for – Melrose Rugby Football Club Under 16s

“I’m looking forward to the Aberdeen Asset Management Melrose Sevens 2015 because it’s exciting and thrilling to watch such a high standard of rugby.  I love watching the club I play for perform on their home ground against other quality teams.  Last year they brought down Glasgow and that was great to watch!  I also get to see international teams play which is a rare opportunity.

“It’s a different style of rugby to what I usually play but it’s such a strong calibre that it makes me want to perform like that. I watch the players in one-on-one situations and it gives me new ideas of how to act and react in certain situations, for example watching a really good tackle makes me want to try it out on the pitch.

“I was lucky enough to attend the Junior Sports Clinic last year and it would be an honour to be selected again this year.  It involved a morning dedicated to intense rugby training – we focussed on lots of drills, two-on-one scenarios and decision making.  It was useful to explore practical scenarios on the pitch. 

“I got into rugby in primary one when my dad signed me up for the Melrose team and I played every weekend – so it all started with my dad’s enthusiasm and developed from there.  I enjoy the fact it’s a very physical sport and you really get out there and active on the pitch, but it’s tactical too so I like that combination of action and tactics.  I also enjoy the camaraderie with my team-mates.  In my ideal world I’d like to try get into the Scotland development squad, if possible, but for now I’m enjoying watching the professionals in Melrose.”

One youngster who has made a longer journey to visit the hallowed Melrose grounds is Aberdonian Johnnie Gamba.

Johnnie Gamba, Age – 13

Plays for – Aberdeen Grammar Rugby Club Under 14s

“Last year was my first trip to the Aberdeen Asset Management Melrose Sevens tournament and the atmosphere was so great that I can’t wait to go again this year.  Watching it right in front of me, rather than on television, was a totally different experience.  It was easier to pick up the set line moves to try out later on with my team in Aberdeen.  The level of play was really high and challenged me to up my game as I want to be on that pitch in the future.

“It was a privilege to attend the junior sports clinic where we were split into small groups to focus on intense rugby training.  We were taught quite advanced skills and it was a different style of coaching so it was refreshing to approach things differently. 

“Personally I enjoy rugby due to the nature of the sport, it’s a physical, contact sport and that suits my build and personality – I’d rather be out playing rugby than sat indoors.   When I’m older the ultimate honour would be to play for the British Lions.  It’s also a huge goal to play for a professional side in the future – Glasgow or Edinburgh if things go that far but I’ll really have to knuckle down to my training in the meantime.”

The 125th playing of the Aberdeen Asset Management Melrose Sevens takes place on the 11 April 2015.

The game of rugby sevens was created in Melrose in 1883 and its popularity has spread to attract global interest and participation. Teams from across Scotland will compete against international teams in the Borders town of Melrose which takes on a carnival atmosphere for the duration of this key date in the sporting calendar.

To find out more about the Aberdeen Asset Management Melrose Sevens visit http://www.melrose7s.com

Sep 052014
 

FergieRisesfeatLast week, following the launch in Glasgow and a media launch at Hampden of author Michael Grant’s ‘Fergie Rises: How Britain’s Greatest Manager Was Made In Aberdeen’, the books publishers, Aurum Press, kindly offered Voice two prize copies of the book.

David Innes, who reviewed the release for Aberdeen Voice was charged with the task of setting a question for readers to answer.

David asked:

“Which then player and future Dons manager accompanied Fergie to the harbour to welcome back The Red Navy from the ferryboat St Clair two days after the ECWC final in Gothenburg?”

Aberdeen Voice are delighted with the response, and glad to report that every single entrant to the competition gave the correct answer. It was of course Mark McGhee.

However, there are only two prizes, the two winners drawn are Ian Wright, Cove, and Alistair Duncan, Banchory. Thanks to all who entered and congratulations to the winners. Your details will be forwarded to Aurum press who will post your prize copies directly to you.

Aug 292014
 

FergieRisesBy David Innes.

Following last week’s launch in Glasgow and a media launch at Hampden, Michael Grant, author of Fergie Rises: How Britain’s Greatest Manager Was Made In Aberdeen, launched his book in the city where Sir Alex Ferguson first tasted real managerial success.

Michael was accompanied by heroes of the Fergie era, Neil Simpson and Neale Cooper. A respectable turnout at Aberdeen’s Waterstones saw Michael host a lively Q&A session where anecdotes and reminiscences delighted and informed those attending, some too young to have lived through the era.

The garrulous Cooper, in particular, was at his entertaining best, prompted by Simmie whose recollections were slightly less manic and animated, but no less warm.

What came across was that Sir Alex (‘We still call him ‘Boss’’, said Cooper), for all his snarling, strange logic and mind games, is still revered by those whose careers he founded. The reminiscences were affectionate and respectful and the gratitude heartfelt.

The author was delighted by the attendance and he and the ex-Dons were kept busy signing copies of the book, having commemorative photos taken with fans and buyers and chatting animatedly with those with particular memories of their own.

The publishers, Aurum Press, have kindly offered Voice two prize copies of Fergie Rises.

To enter the competition, just answer this:

Which then player and future Dons manager accompanied Fergie to the harbour to welcome back The Red Navy from the ferryboat St Clair two days after the ECWC final in Gothenburg?

Send your answer to competition@aberdeenvoice.com. Since the publisher has volunteered to mail the prizes directly to the winners, you’ll need to include your postal address with your entry. Good luck.

Aug 152014
 

Flag_of_the_Commonwealth_of_NationssqBy Dr Eilidh Whiteford, MP for Banff and Buchan.

It was with a tinge of sadness that I watched the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony earlier this week. The Games have brought Glasgow, and Scotland, into the world’s limelight in a way which no one could have anticipated.

Prince Imran of the Commonwealth Games Federation said it best when he described the games as “amazing”, and “the best games ever.”

The 2014 Commonwealth Games were, to use the Prince’s own words “pure, dead brilliant”. 1.2 million tickets were sold, and Scotland welcomed hundreds of thousands of tourists and visitors from near and far.

The event has been an unqualified success in every sense of the word; and our athletes – and organisers – have done Scotland proud.

Besides the excitement associated with the actual competition, however, there was another, hugely important element which set our games apart as something special. It was the fact that, over the course of the games, the charity drive by UNICEF managed to raise £5 million – a record breaking amount, which will help transform lives in poorer Commonwealth countries through sport and education.

Credit must be given to the notable Scottish actors and sporting heroes who helped publicise the event – and to everyone who contributed.

In the warm, euphoric afterglow of the games, however, it’s important to bear in mind what hasn’t changed. Scotland – and Glasgow in particular – still hosts some of the most deprived areas in Europe, and some of that UNICEF money will be targeted at some of our nation’s poorest communities too.

For me, one of the best aspects of the games was the involvement if such an inclusive and diverse range of athletes.

From 13 year old Erraid Davies from Shetland who won a bronze in the para-swimming to the  ‘more mature’ competitors who did us proud winning a whole raft of medals in the bowling, people of all ages were taking part in the games, showing us all that it’s not just the young and super-fit who can excel in sport.

The other great thing is that there has been a big investment in sport and recreation facilities across Scotland as part of the Commonwealth Games legacy project, including here in the North-east.

Too often in the past major sporting events have diverted resources away from grassroots sporting activities, but instead the Commonwealth Games has seen new investment in facilities to encourage more of us (myself included!) to get a bit more active.  The other great benefits of the Commonwealth Games have been in hundreds of new jobs, apprenticeships, and regeneration in the run up to the games, and the sharp increase in tourism over recent weeks.

Team Scotland excelled themselves to win more medals than ever before in front of a home crowd, surpassing even the most optimistic expectations, and the City of Glasgow delivered an event everyone in Scotland can be proud of.

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