Hopeman community delighted as harbour day raised over £2k

Hopeman Harbour

Organisers of a village harbour day launched for the first time last year are celebrating after it was revealed their efforts last month raised almost £2300.

The Hopeman Harbour Day was created in 2013 as a local community effort to help raise funds for care of the harbour as well as other local charities.

In June over 2000 people turned out in fine weather to support the second event, with close support from nearby Gordonstoun School supporting the venture including the school’s own fire service and their pipe band.

Sea adventure tour company North 58 were also on hand as was an RAF Sea King and a floating bandstand.

After counting up the proceeds for the day the chairman of the Hopeman Boatowner’s Association, Barry Croshaw, said: “We are all delighted at the result. The hard work of the small event group led by Nigel Gunter managed to pull off a great day out for all the family.

“The fact that we’ve raised so much from very generous crowds and the trade stands is a real bonus. We will have to do it again next year.”

The funds raised will be divided equally between the Lossiemouth-based Ladybird Children’s charity, the RNLI and the Hopeman Boatowner’s Association.

Gordonstoun has been central to the fundraising efforts in Hopeman, with principal Simon Reid commenting: “Gordonstoun has a long association with Hopeman harbour and we want to do all we can to see it thrive.”

Meanwhile another Moray village will celebrate its Harbour today.  Findochty harbour will be the venue for the annual village community day from 1pm until 4pm.

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