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25 September 2019

Local MSP Comments on Rock Challenge Disappointment

Banffshire & Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson has expressed his disappointment at the announcement that Rock Challenge and J Rock will not be taking place in 2020.

Mr Stevenson is a strong supporter of the Rock Challenge and travelled with Peterhead Academy when they competed in Grimsby a few years ago and even picked up his own – unexpected – award at the 2003 event for his help in securing funding to allow the event to continue.
Clerkhill School with Stewart Stevenson at '18 J-Rock
The organisers have cited the current uncertain economic conditions and also the addition by some venues of various levies and other charges on ticket sales as the reasons behind the decision.

Commenting, Stewart Stevenson said:

“Rock Challenge is a great experience for those involved and I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to attend heats in Aberdeen and finals in Grimsby in recent years. The serious message behind Rock Challenge of course is the anti-drugs and anti-crime message which the event actively promotes.

“I’m so disappointed for the local schools who have participated in J Rock and Rock Challenge with great enthusiasm and success in recent years. However, I’m heartened that the organisers are actively looking to stage events in 2021 and I will be offering any assistance I can in this regard.

“In the meantime, I’ve suggested to Aberdeenshire Council that they perhaps consider whether an event for Aberdeenshire schools could be arranged to fill the gap next year and avoid disappointment for those who were already looking forward to participating.”

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