Get set for pedal car spectacular in Ellon

Jim Jamieson gears up for the pedal car race, which his company is sponsoring, watched by staff and Rotarians.
Jim Jamieson gears up for the pedal car race, which his company is sponsoring, watched by staff and Rotarians.

The countdown is under way to one of the most popular attractions in Ellon’s summer programme of events.

Large crowds are again expected for the 2015 Ellon Pedal Car Race on Sunday, August 30.

The aim of the day is to provide a fun event in the community, in an atmosphere that everyone can enjoy

Mike Watson Pedal Car Race Chairman

The colourful event is organised by the local Rotary club and officials are anticipating another thrilling day.

Race chairman Mike Watson said: “Once again the aim of the day is to provide a fun event in the community, in an atmosphere that everyone can enjoy.

“At the same time we use the day to fundraise for worthwhile causes.”

The last three races have gathered nearly £20,000.

Mr Watson added: “Jim Jamieson Quarries of Ellon have agreed to be the main sponsor of the 2015 event. We very much welcome this support which gives us a great base to work from.

“All monies raised will be split between the Special Nursery at Aberdeen Maternity Hospital and local good causes identified by the Rotary Club.”

Gemma Cameron, from the company, said they would have a team taking part.

She added: “As a local company we are extremely proud to support an event on our doorstep. Having watched it grow over the past few years we recognise what it brings to Ellon.

“I am also particularly pleased to support the Special Nursery. This is a cause very dear to my family and many others in the North-east have benefited from the care it provides.”

The day will start with a series of age group cycle races organised by the Ythan Cycle Club under the auspices of Scottish Cycle. In addition, there will be two, one-mile road races staged by Ellon Athletics Club in conjunction with Ellon Jog Scotland. There will be a junior and senior event.

The pedal car race is in the afternoon and there will be stalls in the Market Street car park and some unusual cycles in Neil Ross Square.

The Royal British Legion Pipe Band will lead the pre-race procession.

Town centre roads will be closed between 9am and 5pm with diversions in place.