CoMMITTEE members of the 2011 Skateraw Fair are jumping for joy after two of the main events have sold out.
All the available tickets for both the opening event of the week - a family disco on June 17 - and the final dance on Saturday June 25 featuring recently reformed North-east “frock-rockers” the Bloody Marys, have already been snapped up, much to the delight of organisers.
The good news is doubly welcomed after a lack of volunteers for last year’s Fair cast doubt over its future.
A make or break meeting earlier this year in which the six organisers of the 2010 event appealed for more support attracted a great response, with around 20 additional people coming forward and offering their help.
Lisa Hendry, chair of the Newtonhill Village Association, said: “I don’t know what the difference is between now and last year but I wish I did - I would bottle it!
“The dance on the Saturday night, which last year we only sold 20 tickets for and had to cancel, has sold out all 250 tickets which is great and we are still getting phone calls for tickets!
“I think the fact that the Bloody Marys have recently reformed and they are a well-known band from up here, might have something to do with it.
“The 120 tickets for the family disco on June 17 is also sold out - in the past we held children’s discos but they were so poorly attended that this year we thought we would try something different, and a family event means that people don’t have to find babysitters and things.”
Lisa added: “Because we’ve got a lot of new people on the committee, it means that we’ve had a lot of new ideas coming in. We’ve also brought back a lot of things, like the Tug-O-War and the kids’ races.
“As there was only six of us last year, it meant we were limited in what we could do but now there is a lot more of us. We’re all looking forward to it, the only thing we’re concerned about is the weather - if it was like last Friday that would be great!”
Following the family disco on Friday June 17, organisers plan to host a charity football match between Newtonhill and Cammachmore the following day, complete with BBQ and teas and coffees.
The Sunday will see Primary children and S1-S3 pupils getting stuck into 5-a-side football tournament at the park, with S4 up to adults following suit on Monday, June 20.
On Wednesday there will be a session of Bus Pass Bingo at the Bettridge Centre from 7pm, with a buttery morning on the Thursday from 9am to 12 noon.
Then the main fair, with plenty of stalls, entertainment, food and drink, will be held on Saturday, June 25, followed by the dance at night.
For more information visit www.newtonhill.org.uk/