Last court open day this weekend

Stonehaven Court buildings have been empty since May 2014
Stonehaven Court buildings have been empty since May 2014

Stonehaven residents have their last chance to have their day in court this Saturday as part of a project to re-create the Stonehaven Court buildings.

The grade II listed building has been empty since May 2014 with a community bid to overtake it.

As part of that project Stonehaven Town Partnership (STP) have organised two fun ‘open days’ so that the people of Stonehaven can see the building and tell STP what they think should happen to it.

The first open day was held last Friday, December 4, with the final open day this Saturday, December 12 from 10am-3pm and will explain the plans so far, and give an opportunity to discuss the future of the building.

Members of the public will be able to see the old jail cells (dating back to 1767), the record rooms and the main Court No 1. Other rooms will contain art displays and craft stalls, and a history of the Listed Building.

Music will be provide by a number of local groups including the Clarsach Society, the Stonehaven Rock Choir and James’ Jazz.

On the Saturday December 12, there will be special ‘Christmas Grub’ for the children.

The highlight of both the Open Days will be a mock trial, involving the pupils of Mackie Academy.

Local Stonehaven resident, Bert Butchart said he enjoyed the Court Building Open Day so much on Friday that he intends to go again on Saturday with his grandchildren. He said: “The Mackie Academy Mock Trial Team did a brilliant job on Friday and I’ve been told that there will be a new Mock Trial Team doing a different case this weekend. They were very professional and played their parts really well.”