AN ANNUAL village fair which has been going since the 1970s has been saved following a last-ditch appeal for volunteers.
The Skateraw Fair has always been hailed as a successful event but the number of volunteers has deteriorated over the years, and organisers announced last month that, without more on the committee, there would be no show this year.
The current Fair Committee made an urgent plea to local residents to come forward and save the popular fair by attending their first meeting.
Their prayers were answered when 25 people turned up to the Skateraw Hall for the meeting on February 6.
Committee member Lisa Hendry said: “It was a really good turnout and we now have eight new committee members, including a new chairperson. We needed at least four to keep the fair going so we are delighted to say it will go ahead. It’s a huge relief.”
Local Councillor Ian Mollison said: “This is excellent news. The fair helps bind the village together and would have been a great loss.”
Lisa added that the setback had put them behind in their planning so there was lots to be done before the event takes place in June.
They are always looking for more volunteers to help out with the various activities, which will take place over a week starting on June 21.
The Skateraw Fair is an annual village event organised by a sub-committee of the NVA.
It is spread over the last week of June and includes sports and social events for all age groups culminating on the last Saturday of the month in the afternoon-long fair and evening dance.
The fair includes stalls by community groups - some commercial - a beer tent, BBQ and other attractions.
There are stage performances throughout the afternoon by various community groups, mainly children. The fair allows community groups to fundraise, and they then donate 20% of their takings on the day to the event.
A major donation is then made from the proceeds to the village Common Good Fund.
The Skateraw Fair spans over a week with the fair day itself on the last Saturday in June.
During the week running up to the main event there are five-a-side football tournaments and a range of activities taking place in the village with a children’s disco, fair day on the Saturday and usually a dance on the Saturday night.
For more information about how you can help, visit the Newtonhill Village Association Facebook page or visit the website www.newtonhill.org.uk