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Dingwall Academy’s Christmas Fair message to visitors: 'Come hungry!'

By Hector MacKenzie

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Dingwall Academy seniors getting ready for the Christmas fair. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Dingwall Academy seniors getting ready for the Christmas fair. Picture: James Mackenzie.

THE remarkable work and contribution of unsung heroes whose tireless efforts make life better for hundreds of people in a Ross-shire community will share the spotlight at a major showcase in Dingwall tonight.

Dingwall Academy’s Christmas Fair will be hosted at the county’s largest secondary school from 6pm to 9pm on Friday evening.

More than 130 stalls, spectacular raffle prizes and, for younger folk, an opportunity to meet Santa have been lined up for the free event to which all are invited.

Senior pupils helping to organise it said: “We would really like to encourage people to buy their Christmas presents from our stall holders. They are all local small businesses, charities and community groups.”

The fair will also show how the school is trying to support families and local community groups. In addition to running free recycled uniform and social dress stalls, they are also providing free of charge stalls to local community groups. That includes Cubs, Scouts and Explorers, the Brownies and Guides, who all have stalls. Also included are the Mens Shed, the Red Cross, Kiltearn and Ben Wyvis Primary Schools, the Mod, Riding for the Disabled, Fox and Friends, Dingwall Museum and Turner Syndrome.

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A spokeswoman said: “We would really like everyone to arrive hungry as we have fresh soup, crepes and baking available. Fox and Friends are providing free activities for pre-school children and we will have music and singing from our school musicians and singers. There will also be rides available on our trishaws.

“Our volunteers have done an amazing job collecting bottles for the bottle stall and we have great raffle prizes including tickets to Belladrum, the Wildlife Park/Edinburgh Zoo, a Tipsy Tea Party and Ross County.”

There’s a strong shop local theme.

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