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Scottish Parliament recognition for head of Huntly arts organisation

By Pat Scott

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The co-founder of a well-known arts organisation in Huntly has been recognised in parliament for her work spanning 25 years.

Scottish Conservative MSP for Aberdeenshire West, Alexander Burnett, has asked the Scottish Parliament to congratulate Claudia Zeiske for her phenomenal work as she steps down from her role after 25 years.

Deveron Projects, which was formed in 1995, seeks to create “socially engaged projects” and events for the benefit of Huntly residents and the wider community.

The organisation is celebrating its 25th birthday this weekend where Claudia, who was named Huntly Citizen of the Year in 2013, will the “pass on the baton”.

Mr Burnett described the work of Claudia and the group, which has more than 80 works in its collection, as “inspirational”.

He said: “Claudia’s work with Deveron Projects has been inspirational to people of all ages across Huntly and the wider area.

“It’s phenomenal what Claudia Zeiske has done, helping to create an organisation that the community is proud to get behind in every sense.

“She has shown great commitment in offering a range of services over her 25-year period and has gone above and beyond to put Huntly on the cultural map.

“Claudia has helped to change the national profile of Huntly emphasising just how wonderful a town it is for people to come and enjoy.

“Projects such as Neep and Okra are ensuring vulnerable people are receiving festive home deliveries during a time which is even more difficult than normal due to the Covid pandemic.

“The group has continued to offer their services throughout the pandemic and are there to support people through the difficult winter months which is fantastic.

“I wish Claudia and Deveron Projects every success in the future.”

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