Jun 192015

Eilidh Whiteford Banff Links 2015With thanks to Paul Robertson.

It was no ordinary day in the constituency last week as Banff & Buchan MP, Eilidh Whiteford, donned a wetsuit and braved the chilly waters of the Moray Firth.
Dr. Whiteford was meeting with Surf & Watersports Scotland when she took the opportunity to sample the increasingly popular sport.

The group runs surfing and other watersports activities at Banff Links, and was recently approved by Aberdeenshire & Moray Councils to teach the sport to youngsters.

Davie Johnson, who founded the club seven years ago, commented:

“Since starting in 2002, we have grown every year with people from across Aberdeenshire, Scotland and even further afield coming to enjoy Banff’s crystal clear waters and great waves.

“People nowadays are rightly sceptical about politicians, but it was great to see that our own MP has lots of get-up-and-go. We look forward to seeing Eilidh back riding the waves!”

Drying off after her dip in the sea, Dr Whiteford said:

“I was riding on the crest of a wave when I realised that I had been re-elected as MP for this area, but I never thought a couple of weeks later I would be doing so literally. It was a great experience.

“There’s real potential to develop the sport locally, and I will shortly be writing to Aberdeenshire Council to investigate whether additional support can be secured. Davie and the Surf & Watersports group have done a fantastic job thus far and there’s a real opportunity to develop the area further as part of the Banffshire coast’s tourism offering.”

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