Since the seventies Newtonhill’s Skateraw Fair has taken place as an annual village celebration. This year, however, the fair is in jeopardy and has, at present, been cancelled.
Organisers were left extremely disappointed last week when, in a desperate bid to keep the fair going, only one new member turned up to their “emergency” meeting.
The current Fair Committee made an urgent plea to local residents to come forward and save the popular fair by attending their first meeting.
The Skateraw Fair has always been hailed as a successful event but the number of volunteers has deteriorated over the years.
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.
However since the unsuccessful meeting last week, the Newtonhill Village Association have said: “If you feel the same as we at the NVA do, and believe that the fair - which has been an annual fixture since the late 1970s - is one of the things that makes Newtonhill unique and a great place to live, we are giving you one last chance to save it.
‘‘If, and only if, we get a minimum of four new committee members by the next NVA meeting on February 6, then the fair will go ahead.”
This year’s fair would be taking place on Saturday, June 29, and organisers are looking for volunteers who would be willing to give up a few hours of their time to ensure the village’s popular summer event goes ahead.
There will be a meeting on the February 6 at 8pm in the Skateraw Hall.
Lisa Hendry , the chairperson of the NVA, said: “It is a make or break meeting as we currently have two members on the committee and we require more volunteers who are willing to serve on it.
‘‘We have had many offers of help for the actual fair day itself but there is a lot of hard work goes on before the week and we need a dedicated team of volunteers to help this happen.”
Lisa can be contacted on 01569 731730 if anyone wants any more information or via the NVA facebook page or our website www.newtonhill.org.uk