Boost for Bravo Brechin group with the appointment of new chairman

The Bravo Brechin community group, which has recently struggled for volunteers, has filled all its committee roles and appointed a new chairman.

The group, which has run the High Street cartie races and the Christmas extravaganza, has recently struggled to fill key roles.

After a successful pageant event last month, there was a rallying call for volunteers to come forward but despite widespread publicity for the meeting only 15 people turned up.

After the difficulties in recruitment were revealed, another meeting was held last week and all the positions on the committee have now been filled.

New chairman Louise Duncan said the group would now focus on holding smaller events.

A veterinary care assistant at Crofts Vets in Brechin, Louise became involved with Bravo asked the practice to judge the pet show.

She organised the pet show the following year and more recently was chair of the pageant sub group.

“We are yet to have our first executive meeting of the new committee which is quite hard to pencil in around everyone’s summer holidays,” she said.

“We will not be holding the cartie race this year but will be still doing the children’s P5 fancy dress party as well as the monster ball.

“The Christmas event will hopefully going ahead as usual but will be on a smaller scale from St Ninians Square rather than the High Street.

“The general plan going forward will be to do more events that are smaller until we get back on our feet.

“We are very willing to take suggestions on what the people of Brechin want to see and do.”

Louise added that she will also continue to chair the pageant sub-committee, stating that it’s a “fantastic event for the town.”

Support for Bravo has dwindled from the heady days of successful annual events such as the Harley-Davidson in the City festival and the soapbox spectacle, which drew thousands of visitors and their money into the area.

The motorcycling event will, however, go ahead this year after previous stalwarts stepped in to reverse a Bravo decision not to go ahead.

It is hoped that last year’s total of 500 motorcycles and some 8,000 visitors will be at least repeated, if not bettered this weekend.

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