Blackdog community gala day returns this weekend

All roads lead to Blackdog this weekend
All roads lead to Blackdog this weekend

Blackdog residents will come together this weekend for a community gala day to celebrate their local area.

Following on from the successful inaugural event last year, local people have organised Blackdog community gala day with the support of local businesses and developers including main sponsor, Swedish energy group Vattenfall.

This year’s event will offer a wide range of entertainment including: a street band hosting children’s workshops; a bouncy castle; an obstacle course; face painting; a bake sale; barbecue. Vattenfall along with one of its community partners, Aberdeen Science Centre, will also be present on the day with educational events and demonstrations of wind energy. Funds raised on the day will go towards improvements at the Blackdog children’s park facilities.

Jamie Smith, one of the members of the community’s organising committee, said: “After the success of our first gala day in 2017, which attracted around 400 people, we were keen to come back with another fantastic event this year. Blackdog has a fantastic community spirit and the gala day will serve as an annual reminder of this. We also hope the range of activities on offer will ensure a fun-filled day for everyone.

“We are very grateful to Vattenfall for again sponsoring this year’s event and their ongoing support for the local area. We could not make this event happen again without the unwavering support of local community members.”

Vattenfall is behind the 11-turbine, 93.2Mw European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) off Aberdeen Bay which is scheduled to generate first power this summer.

Natalie Ghazi, Vattenfall’s local liaison officer and project communicator for the EOWDC, said: “We worked closely with the people of Blackdog to stage the community’s inaugural gala day and it’s great to see the event return this year.

“We look forward to joining in the celebrations and seeing the event continue to grow.”

The Blackdog gala day runs from 11am to 3pm this Saturday (June 23).

As part of the cutting-edge EOWDC, a £150,000-a-year community benefit scheme is being established for the estimated 20-year lifespan of the windfarm. This includes 10% of the total fund, £15,000, being dedicated to the Blackdog community where the substation is located.