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Gearing up for a month of Doric

By David Porter

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A project dedicated to celebrating the language of Doric will take place all through August through the recently established Shop Fraserburgh project for the town.

The Town Centres Phoenix Fund was a one-off grant that was made available to eligible town centres across Aberdeenshire with a fundamental principle to support the town centre businesses (collectively) to ‘re-launch their town centres, encourage footfall and boost economic activity following the Covid-19 lockdown period.

The fund is led by three groups in Fraserburgh – Broch Businesses Together, The Fraserburgh Rotary Club, and Fraserburgh Community Council.

Ashley Mackie of Talented Marketing who are leading the project said: "www.shopfraserburgh.com will bridge the gap in an online and bricks and mortar shopping experience within the town.

"The aim is to drive customers to the town businesses through promoting their businesses online through their own micro websites that are promoted within the hub.

"The website will also promote all our towns’ activities, offers and August sees the start of Doric Month that has already created a lot of interest on social media.

"The aim is to have local Doric musicians, poets, and authors hold events within local businesses and online too to reach a national and global audience.”

Over August local poets, storytellers and musicians will be involved as well as online and offline activities for those of all ages –

Councillor Doreen Mair’s Big Fat Doric Quiz.

Doric Word Hunt that will be featured in businesses in Fraserburgh.

Doric For Beginners Online Lessons.

Scottish Shopping in Fraserburgh.

Dunes Golf Centre golfing taster session (with a splash of Doric).

Talking whisky with Kinnaird Head Whiskies.

Doric boards installation in the town.

Doric poetry competition juniors and adults.

Performers include musician Bundy performing At Cheers, Robbie Garden, Ryan Donn x Unique Jewels and Katie Barnett and James Siggens duo.

Bob Watt, Fraserburgh Rotary Club comments: “We are very excited to celebrate our first Doric month in the town and are hoping to make this an annual event.

"Many of our locals are passionate about the language and it is a good way of involving the younger generation

that may want to be inspired and learn more about its history”.

To view the full-line up then visit: www.shopfraserburgh.com/doric-month

If you feel you could benefit from being part of the project, you can contact Ashley Mackie by phone on 07940 458127 or email: hello@shopfrasrburgh.com

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