This year’s ‘Fit Like Ellon’ has been rated another great success, with more than 50 local groups and organisations taking part.
More than 200 people turned up at Ellon Community Centre on Saturday to find out more about what is going on in the town.
The event aims to give people information about local groups and ways in which they can get involved. It also allows the organisations to promote their work and hopefully attract new members.
Sophie Humphries, Formartine community planning officer, said early indications were good.
She added: “We’re currently completing our formal evaluation, but verbal feedback about the event has been very positive.
“Many people were saying they were surprised at the wide variety of groups and organisations operating in Ellon - even people who had lived here their whole lives.
“Groups who attended have attracted new members and volunteers and raised their profiles and we hope that everyone who attended enjoyed the day.”
Many people enjoyed some of the hands-on taster and demo sessions – including Jazzercise, Cycling, Pilates, Chair Exercises and Kung Fu – as well as the opportunity to meet an owl.
The event had something for everyone with representation from local arts and crafts groups, sports groups, children’s groups, historical groups, church groups, the IDEA pop up shop, charities and support organisations.
The organisation of the day’s activities was widely praised.
One man said: “I found it very informative. There was such a lot going on and you don’t realise how many local groups there are and what they do.”
The tombola was a huge draw and the organisers would like to thank the stallholders and members of the public who donated items.
They would also like to thank the members of staff at Ellon Community Centre who helped organise the event and kept everyone fed and watered on a hot day.
Organisers had appealed for volunteers to help before and on the day of the showcase.
Among the groups and organisations taking part were Ellon Library, Aberdeen and North East Family History Society, Create!, Ellon Flower Group, Victoria Hall, Ellon and District Guides, NESCU and Ellon Castle Garden Trust.