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Ellon communities embark on The Great Pumpkin Trail

By Kirsty Brown

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Spooky spirits are dancing through the streets of Ellon, Balmedie, Potterton, Newburgh and Belhelvie this week with the launch of The Great Pumpkin Trail.

Raising money for the NHS Endowment Fund, the event sees various households and businesses in the participating communities setting up a Hallowe'en display in either their front window or garden which passers by can enjoy.

For added fun, there is also a prize up for grabs for the display which receives the most votes from the public.

With more than 150 pumpkins on the map, there's plenty for people of all ages to enjoy as an alternative to the usual parties and spooky fun.

Organisers Beverley Wiseman and Teri Clubb said: "We are on a mission to make people smile this October and to make some money for the Grampian NHS Endowment Fund.

"People will then be able to walk around the villages and see all the wonderful designs and vote for their favourite.

"This year has been very hard on everyone but especially our National Health Service.

"Our NHS has continued to do an incredible job and have been pushed to their limits during the COVID-19 pandemic and we want to be able to give something back."

Voting for your favourite pumpkin will take place on the It's The Great Pumpkin Trail Facebook page.

The trail will run until Saturday, October 31, and for more information you can visit: www.facebook.com/itsthegreatpumpkintrail.

An interactive map detailing the location of each display can be found here.

Anybody who wishes to donate towards the NHS Endowment Fund can do so online through Justgiving .

Static maps for each settlement:

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