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Huntly to host Brexit day events

By Leanne Murray

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A HUNTLY organisation is set to create a day full of events to focus on renewing friendships in an divisive political period.

Deveron Projects are inviting people to come join them in what would of been the original date of the UK leaving the EU.

It will take place tomorrow at various locations throughout Huntly, with the hope to help heal divides and differences.

Petra Pennington, the art and community worker for Deveron Projects, said: "This day will be the culmination of our six month project Think:Brexit - which has largely reflected the overall uncertainty of the Brexit process throughout.

"This is still being illustrated in the timing of the proposed planting of a weeping willow tree by artist Clemens Wilhelm, which will take place whenever the UK actually leaves the EU.

"Although this much speculated date has now been shifted, we're still looking to Westminster and Brussels for absolute confirmation of when this will be.

"Whatever the eventual outcome, Tree or No-Tree, we'd love you to join us in Huntly on March 29, for a convivial day of discussion, food and dancing."

The day of events will begin at noon when art curator Alix Rothnie will lead a guided tour of artworks by some of the European artists who have contributed to the town collection. Those hoping to go along can do so by meeting at the library steps.

From 1pm-2pm there will be an exhibition of work on democracy, politics and the media by young people in Huntly called Opening of Room to React. This will take place at 8 Castle Street with a multicultural tapas lunch.

Following on there at the same location will be a Eurovision Talk Fest where artists, thinkers and other contacts throughout Europe will be asked their views on the Brexit process in quick-fire Skype calls, compered by the very funny artist David Sherry, performing as his alterego Sherry Wogan. It will take place between 3pm-5pm.

Between 6pm-8pm there will be UK Citizenship Pub Quiz at the Crown Bar. This will be followed by a ceilidh with the Easdale Band in the Gordon Arms from 8pm. During the ceilidh there will be a toast at 11pm.

There will also be Huntlyvision Song Contest between 11.30pm-1am at the Royal Oak.

The following day there will be a final brexfast brunch discussion for people to discuss potential post-Brexit possibilities at 8 Castle Street from 8am and a walk to the White Wood from noon.

For more information go the Deveron Projects website.

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