The great British city of Aberdeen is preparing to be injected with 4,000 proud supporters of the Third Sector during the 24/25 August 2019 weekend as they come together for one city-wide event to appreciate the work charities do in the North East.
Aberdonians are now on the home-stretch as the festival approaches fast. Members of the event, lead by Morven MacKenzie and Vicki MacLeod, will be putting the final preparations in-place on Friday to ensure everything goes off without a hitch.
Morven & Vicki have garnered various talent from the Grampian region to showcase their abilities during the weekend.
Broad Street which houses arguably Aberdeen's most iconic building - Marischal College - will host the Main Stage as "Travel" Pete McIntosh & Lauren Mitchell from Jeff and Lauren In The Morning (Northsound 1) will be your masters of ceremonies, there. They will deliver enriched insights to the musicians before ushering the performers on-stage. To enable you to relax while the sounds play, event officials will provide you with comfortable bean bags which will be in-place just at the front door of the adjoining Greyfriars Church on the miniature field.
People have been celebrating Aberdeen since 2011 and the event which champions everything good within The Granite City will be one to be fun for all of the family.
On Saturday 24 August 2019, people who represent over 130 volunteer organisations will march from Albyn Place, down Union Street, and culminate at Queen Street near to Police Scotland and Lemon Tree. They will proudly be ushered by Emily Findlay, who was awarded a British Empire Medal for her services to Cancer awareness and charity earlier this year, as the sanctioned flag bearer for 2019's parade.
A Celebrate Aberdeen spokesperson has said:
"Emily has been a key member of our volunteer team over the years, helping to make both the Celebrate Aberdeen weekend and the awards a reality."
She was surprised by the breakfast duo on Northsound 1 this morning.
However, prior to the parade, the Great Aberdeen Run will kick-off proceedings and Informing Britain's Celebrate Aberdeen insider has revealed the mile-long route the runners will contemplate.
Celebrate Aberdeen spokesperson has said:
"The race begins at 10.30 from its starting point at the Music Hall, continues up to Holburn Junction and then down Union Street to the finishing point beside Brewdog where the medal giving ceremony will take place."
Members of the public from Primary 6 to adults and war veterans can participate in the race which has been described as "a rare chance to run a full mile through a city centre".
Megan McHugh - who recently moved from being Mike MacDermid's traffic & travel anchor to her own late-night show called "Hits Chilled" airing on Radio Borders, Clyde 1, Moray Firth Radio, West FM, Fourth One, Tay FM, and also Northsound 1 - will be running. Event goers will remember "Travel" Pete undertaking the 1.6 kilometres.
As it's only a mile, the parade will safely begin at approximately 11:00 from Albyn Place.
Members of the public should be aware there will be alternate bus routes across the entire weekend but will return to normal on Monday.
When the parade concludes, you will see a range of acts performing in FIVE locations in the European oil capital. All are free-of-charge and can be seen at; Broad Street, Bon Accord Centre, Bon Accord Centre's roof garden, Union Square and Trinity Centre.
There will be activities on both Saturday and Sunday, also loads of freebies to take advantage of.
Everyone is welcome.
At approximately 13:00 this afternoon - Tuesday 9 April 2019 - at the park adjacent to Dyce Primary School, a 2-year-old boy with severe learning difficulties was threatened with violence by a man who is described as in his 30's.
At approximately 13:00 this afternoon at Central Park adjacent to Dyce Primary School about half of a mile away from Dyce Academy, a 2-year-old boy with severe learning difficulties was threatened with violence by a man who is described as in his 30's.
The 2-year-old was with his elder brother, 15, was out enjoying the park when a man approached the infant threatening to "batter" him as he allegedly hit the man's daughter.
The toddler who was threatened, as mentioned, has severe learning difficulties thus meaning he could not have assaulted anyone and thankfully his older brother was there to remove the threatened boy, taking him to safety.
Both brothers rushed to the family home to inform their mother who, obviously, is in a state of alarm and took to Dyce Community on Facebook to let her fellow residents and neighbours be aware of the incident.
The man is described as:
His daughter is described as:
If anyone witnessed this dumbfounded nastiness, please contact Police Scotland on 101 or CrimeStoppers, anonymously, 0800 555 111.
Liam Smith, 16, disappeared from the Grampian region of Great Britain on Saturday 17 November 2018 after getting on a number 202 StageCoach at the bus station attached to Union Square. His coach departed its terminus at 13:13 that afternoon and amongst various reports Liam Smith simply vanished.
Police Scotland, in Grampian, have confirmed this afternoon the body, which was discovered in the Banchory area of Aberdeenshire on Friday 22 March 2019, is indeed that of the missing teenager Liam Smith after a formal identification took place.
The family and friends of Liam Smith, a budding sportsperson from the Queens Cross area of Aberdeen City, have been notified.
Alix Smith, mother of Liam, has given a brief statement, on behalf of Liam's loved ones, via Police Scotland.
Alix Smith has said:
"While we never gave up hope of finding Liam, we were realistic about the challenges facing us. Our hearts are broken."
"We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been involved in the search for Liam including members of the public who took it upon themselves to help. Thank you also to everyone who has left messages of support which have provided us with comfort at extremely difficult times."
"At this most difficult time of all, we would ask for privacy as we try to come to terms with our enormous loss."
The last, known, video footage of Liam Smith shortly prior boarding his bus.
If anyone has any information regarding Liam Smith or if you have seen him since Saturday 17 November 2018, please contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively telephone CrimeStoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
Police Scotland in Grampian have, today, confirmed a body of a man has been found in the Banchory area of Aberdeenshire.
In an official statement released by the Police they have revealed the body was recovered in a remote woodland area after being discovered by a member of the public at Craig Of Affrusk at approximately 15:00 this afternoon (Friday 22 March 2019).
It is suggested the body is that of missing Liam Smith who vanished from Union Square shopping mall in Aberdeen on Saturday 17 November 2018 at 13:13.
Police have also said formal identification has yet to take place however the family of 16-year-old Liam Smith has been notified.
Enquiries are ongoing and there are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.
More to follow.
Police Scotland Officers in Aberdeen are appealing for witnesses following a report of an assault on a 13 year old boy in the Rosehill Drive area of Aberdeen.
The incident happened at approximately 18:25 on Sunday, 20 January 2019, near to the TSB Bank on Rosehill Drive.
As a result the 13-year-old boy, who had been in the company of other youths, received minor injuries but did not require hospital treatment.
Police are looking to trace a man in connection with the incident who may be able to assist with enquiries. He is understood to have been the passenger in a small silver car, possibly a Vauxhall Corsa or similar, with a registration which began with SV55. Both the man and the boy were seen to run across Rosehill Drive.
The man is described as being aged in his 30's and roughly 5 foot 11 inches in height with a stocky build and with short dark hair. He was wearing dark clothing.
The vehicle left the scene in the direction of Rowan Road.
Enquiry officer PC Niall Sutherland for Police Scotland said:
“The boy has not been seriously injured however this has understandably been an upsetting incident."
“The area would have been busy with traffic and pedestrians at the time and I would appeal to anyone who witnessed the incident or saw the vehicle to get in contact with us on 101 quoting reference number CF0016030119."
"Information can also be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”