Cracking weekend at Pitmedden

Visitors enjoying the sunshine
Visitors enjoying the sunshine

This year’s Pitmedden Music Festival has raised thousands of pounds for local projects thanks to the huge turnout.

More than 1,500 people flocked to the festival last weekend.

Councillor Paul Johnston helps Lyn Cartledge with the Cask Ales

Councillor Paul Johnston helps Lyn Cartledge with the Cask Ales

The two-day event included performances from various bands, as well as a beer tent and children’s activities.

Organisers have said that they are ‘stunned’ with the turnout at this year’s event which attracted visitors from as far as Spain, Bristol and Edinburgh.

Director of the charity festival, Angie Stemp, said: “We hoped it would be a success but this has surpassed all our expectations.

“The bands were incredible, the beer festival went down a treat and the queues outside the gourmet burger stall and ice cream van went to show how popular they proved to be.”

Money raised from the event is still being counted but it is thought that many thousands of pounds has been raised with funds going towards future community arts events across Pitmedden and Udny.

Organised entirely by volunteers in the local community, the festival gained charitable status and received a £4,000 boost from the Big Lottery Fund’s Award For All Scheme.

The action kicked off last Friday evening with Shetland duo - ‘Trig Bag’ taking to the stage before The Black Isle Rock Orchestra performed rock covers by the likes of The Killers, Kings of Leon and Lady Gaga.

Hundreds of families arrived on Saturday to soak up the sun as they enjoyed their picnics or to take advantage of the children’s activities which were all free of charge.

Smaller visitors could take their pick from a go on the bouncy castle, to watching the puppet show, having a sing-song, and giant games.

The festival was the second of its kind, with the first event taking place two years ago.

Treasurer, Megan Hicks added: “Everyone who has been involved is just absolutely thrilled by the success and we are so grateful to the dozens of people who have helped make it possible.”