Meeting call as Buckie Christmas Kracker face volunteer shortage
AN appeal for volunteers to step forward and help Buckie's Christmas extravaganza event go ahead in style has been launched.
The Buckie Christmas Kracker committee are hoping to hold a pubic meeting bringing together those willing to lend a hand at the event, which takes place over Saturday November 23, culminating in the switching on of the town's Christmas lights at 4.30pm by TV soap stars Chris Chittell and Nicola Wheeler, who play Eric Pollard and Nicola King in the long-running series Emmerdale.
However, before such a meeting is held, the organisers need to know in advance if there is enough interest from the public to make it worthwhile. It comes after the Kracker teetered on the abyss of cancellation last year until a late swell of support persuaded the organisers to go ahead.
Kracker chairman Councillor Gordon Cowie said: "We're still disappointed at the minimal level of help we're getting and we do think that more local people could come forward.
"We've put out numerous but very few people have come forward, although we're very grateful to everybody who has volunteered in some way.
"We're hoping to hold a public meeting on the matter next Tuesday at 6.30pm at a venue to be confirmed should it go ahead. However, we need to know there're enough people interested before we hold it so we're asking everyone who would like to go to get in touch through the Kracker Facebook page by the weekend. We'll post on the page on Sunday if the meeting is going ahead."
Councillor Cowie went on to stress that the Kracker was a volunteer-run event and that there were "plenty of things to do" depending on what time people could spare. On the day itself, in particular demand are those able to don some of the character costumes which have been hired or lend a hand with the likes of stewarding or even tidying up afterwards.
Buckie Christmas Kracker, now in its ninth year, draws thousands of people to the town from far and wide.