The Turriff Town House Association were pleased to be part of the May Day celebrations in Turriff Monday 5th May 2014, opening the Municipal Building up to the public for the day.
TTHA Member Helen Dean had managed to organise no less than fourteen tables where expert crafts people laid out a whole range of goods and crafts which they had collected or made for sale to the public.
The former council building has had considerable changes made to its interior. The temporary kiosk which was familiar to generations of Turriff resident, where they were used to visit to pay their dues of rent or rates and other charges had now been removed. This was not done without a fair bit of effort be members of the association. The effect is quite dramatic. The space which was opened up in the foyer and in the old Council Chamber/Court House has allowed for major display space. Several members had helped in the general clean up, not least Ben Ewen, who discovered that the side entrance to the building once was, and is now, rather attractive, once many years of grunge was removed.
One wall in the foyer was given over to the Logo Competition which was organised by Fleur Barron. More than one hundred entries from local schools were submitted. Prizes were offered to the children and these incentives obviously worked. The range and skill expressed were considerable. The winners will be announced separately.
There was no special count of the number of visitors, but it must have been in the several hundred and the tiny tea-room managed by Colin Dean was busy throughout, and added a tidy sum to the coffers.
One of the rooms was set to raising funds for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Banff & Turriff. In the foyer Anne Iravani was disguises as a Cherokee Indian Chief as she was promoting the August Fyvie Homecoming event. It seems there is a connection between the tiny Aberdeenshire Village and the Cherokee Indian tribe! The secret was not revealed, but quite a number of people put in their guess in a side-competition.
The Chairman of TTHA, Mr John Smith said
I am really pleased both at the transformation, and especially the response to that transformation by the many visitors who passed through the doors of the Town House today.