Kracker of a day in store for Buckie!
FESTIVE family fun, old favourites, new attractions and a bit of TV star sparkle are all in the mix for this year's eagerly-awaited Buckie Christmas Kracker (BCK).
The final countdown has begun for the annual extravaganza a week on Saturday, with a huge range of events kicking off at 10am and culminating at around 4.30pm when the town's Christmas lights will be switched on, with live music in Cluny Square from Toni and Ziggy marking the build-up to the magical moment. Continuing the long-standing relationship with the cast of TV soap Emmerdale, the honours will be done by Chris Chittell and Nicola Wheeler, who play Eric Pollard and Nicola King.
The duo are set to be in Buckie for most of the day, talking to people, posing for selfies and signing autographs.
The day will include a parade through the centre of town, live music, a heated marquee with stalls, the Santa fun run and a funfair, among many other attractions.
The fun will continue well into the night with the After Kracker Party in the Fishermen's Hall, featuring music from Abba A-Rival and Current Affair.
One of those looking forward to the rapidly approaching big day is BCK chairman Councillor Gordon Cowie.
He said: "We're all looking forward to what we're sure will be another excellent day for Buckie.
"The Kracker is now in its ninth year and has drawn thousands of people into the town and helped raise the profile of the town as well as being an excellent fun day for al the family.
"Our excellent relationship with Emmerdale continues and we're delighted to welcome Chris and Nicola. We're very grateful they could make it, we're very lucky to be getting them both up to Buckie. Having Emmerdale stars with us at previous Krackers has proved very popular; last year we had people coming from as far away as Dornoch and Fraserburgh to see them.
"One new feature we're introducing this year is the fun dog show which will be held next to the main stage. This is open to everyone and you can enter on the day or pre-register for it by getting in touch through the Facebook page. This is something people have been asking for so we're very pleased to have it as part of the Kracker this year."
Floats are welcome to part in the parade although participants would have to decorate their own trailer. The Kracker organisers would, though, provide tractors.
A lack of volunteers almost caused the Kracker to be postponed last year, and Councillor Cowie reiterated the plea for helpers both in the run-up to the event and on the day.
"There's always something to do, there're plenty of roles," he added.
Those interested can make contact through the event Facebook page where a full list of what is on at the Kracker and timings can also be found.