First word by Judy Mackie, Editor
Whatever the time of year, there are always plenty of vibrant events happening in Leopard-land. But surely the most colourful one of all - in literal terms - is the annual Holi Mela celebration, organised by the Indian Association of North East Scotland. As you’ll read in this month’s Diary, there are lots of activities planned around the multi-cultural event, which is also a wonderful excuse for local people and visitors to indulge their inner child and make a mess! You’ll also find details of lots more fun family activities during the Easter holidays and throughout April.
Talking of fun, Mike Shepherd entertains us with his amusing photo-tour of quirky features around Aberdeen. We’ll never look at those statues in the same way again!
Douglas Kynoch remembers a former local star of the small and silver screens, while Jim Pirie continues the nostalgia with his youthful memories of Aberdeen Beach Ballroom. Still in the city, Mark Chalmers examines the old tontine business model which resulted in the building of the one-time Tontine Tavern, in George Street, and medical history writer Martin Pucci returns with a sobering reminder of the ravages of smallpox. Out in the shire, Duncan Harley explores Kintore past and present and Hugh Ouston celebrates the early spring antics of the sanderling.
Looking further afield, Sheila A Grant reminds us of the terrible deeds committed by the Wolf of Badenoch, aka ‘the Celtic Attila’. April is also the time when many local attractions reopen to the public with exciting new exhibitions and activities. One such venue featured this month is Grampian Transport Museum, Alford, which has enhanced its visitor experience.
Have fun getting out and about!