Methlick pitch officially opened

Mid-Formartine Councillor Paul Johnston cuts the ribbon to mark the opening of Methlick's new football pitch. Also in the picture are long-serving Methlick FC manager Dod Barrack and Donny the Sheep.
Mid-Formartine Councillor Paul Johnston cuts the ribbon to mark the opening of Methlick's new football pitch. Also in the picture are long-serving Methlick FC manager Dod Barrack and Donny the Sheep.

Methlick’s new football facility has been officially opened.

The ceremony was performed by Mid-Formartine Councillor Paul Johnston on Saturday.

It follows an extensive refurbishment of the village’s King George V Park.

The pitch has been brought up to a full sports utility standard.

This marked the first phase of the project and the second stage involved a new children’s playpark, which has also been completed.

Councillor Johnston thanked local farmers David Smith and Ernie Lee for their donations towards the facility from local wind turbine contributions.

He said the projects would not have gone ahead without them.

Contributions were also received from the National Lottery and Aberdeenshire Council, including advice and assistance from council landscape staff in drawing up the project.

Councillor Johnston also paid tribute to Methlick FC’s long-serving manager Dod Barrack and Jay Allan, of the Ythanview Hotel, for their efforts in achieving the new facility.

Meanwhile, a testimonial match was held for Dod in which his select team of legends ran out 6-3 winners against a Methlick XI.

The day’s celebrations also included a BBQ and bouncy castle.