Mysterious activities well underway at Haddo

Pictured (left to right) are Jody Joyce (Ellon Academy), Hope Murdoch (Mintlaw Academy), Rachel Massie (Mintlaw Academy) and Rebecca Smith from Cults Academy.
Pictured (left to right) are Jody Joyce (Ellon Academy), Hope Murdoch (Mintlaw Academy), Rachel Massie (Mintlaw Academy) and Rebecca Smith from Cults Academy.

Aberdeenshire Drama students have been setting aside some free time to help with preparations for something a little bit mysterious in the North-east.

Haddo Country Park welcomed Ellon, Cults and Mintlaw pupils who went undercover to help launch Operation Espionage, a spy event running over the weekend of October 19 and 20 as part of this year’s Unsolved crime and mystery festival.

Passing on secret codes, dropping off their clues and leaving behind the marks, the students even looked the part dressed as secret agents.

Jody Joyce from Ellon Academy was among the secret agents getting to grips with fingerprints and crime scenes.

Boundaries Edge Events are supporting the new event, who are a group of former intelligence and specialist military officers who create one-off, high octane events based upon special operations and intelligence scenarios. Boundaries Edge Events said: ”We are delighted to be involved in the Festival this year. Haddo Country Park is the perfect setting for our latest espionage event, and we are really looking forward to seeing how many families manage to successfully crack the code and complete all the tasks.”

Haddo Regeneration Project Chair Councillor, Paul Johnson, said: “Haddo Country Park is steeped in history and provides the perfect setting for Operation Espionage. It’s also a great opportunity for visitors to see some of the work that has been ongoing over the summer as part of the park regeneration project.

“I hope families and young people from across the area take up the invitation to become spies for the day.”

The event runs from 11am to 5pm on October 19 and 20. The forty-five minute event is suitable for children and adults age 8 and over.

To book tickets visit www.nts.org.uk/unsolved.

As well as Haddo House, the festival will be at Leith Hall, Castle Fraser and Fyvie Castle on the same weekend.