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Ellon's fountain of yewth unveiled with a splash

By Kirsty Brown

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Inclement weather did not deter a strong turnout for Ellon Castle Gardens' Fountain Of Yewth event.

The event celebrated the unveiling of the recently refurbished water fountain which is situated in the centre of the Gardens, surrounded by ancient yew trees.

The fountain was launched by Geordie Burnett-Stewart, who prefaced his countdown by thanking everyone involved in bringing the fountain back to life.

He said: "It is a great honour and pleasure to be a part of this celebration, which is a really brilliant moment.

"The extraordinary achievement here is all the more remarkable if you think about how these yews were the only thing you saw - there were other things but they were all over grown - and you couldn't see any of this wonderful stone, none of the wonderful fountain.

"Look at it now - what's happened is a wonderful testament to the people who put so much trouble and effort into creating something just wonderful for Ellon.

"It wouldn't have happened if it hadn't been for lots of individuals"

Locals Micheal Duncan, Alan Penny and Michael Taylor were highlighted for their involvement with the fountain project.

Fountain Of Yewth. Pictures: Kirsty Brown
Fountain Of Yewth. Pictures: Kirsty Brown

Entertainment was provided throughout the afternoon by folk duo Barbara Ann Burnett and Peter Hawkey, Ythan Fiddlers, Ellon And District Pipe Band and martials arts students.

There was also a number of fundraising stalls, including Ellon Ladies Who Craft, raffles and plant sales and the event was attended by the ever popular Skoff and Vintage Koffiecabine.

Ellon Castle Gardens' Alan Cameron said: "It's been a really good day.

"Lots of people have come along and joined in, it's been really great to see."

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