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23 November 2006

Community Of The Year Gets Parliamentary Recognition - Stevenson Tables Motion Congratulating New Deer

Calor Scottish Community of the Year New Deer received Parliamentary recognition today when Banff & Buchan MSP Stewart Stevenson tabled a Motion in Parliament congratulating the community on their achievement.

Mr Stevenson, who was present at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre with South Buchan councillor Norma Thomson, expressed his delight at the award, the second time in the last five years that a community from Banff & Buchan has scooped the top award.

Speaking from his Scottish Parliament office, Mr Stevenson said:

“I am absolutely delighted for the village and for the community activists who have helped bring this award to Buchan.

“There is no doubt whatsoever that the “never say never” attitude displayed by the village when it was faced with losing its only bank was a key factor in all of this. It is quite unprecedented for a community faced with the withdrawal of a bank to take the campaign to other financial institutions and manage to attract a new bank to set up in the village.

“There are many other facets of village life which make New Deer such a great place, but this campaign was absolutely key and I am thrilled for the campaigners that their hard work has been recognised in this way.”
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