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Halloween not cancelled in Sinclair's Bay area


By Jean Gunn

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Caalin Rosie took part in the golden pumpkin hunt at Reiss.
Caalin Rosie took part in the golden pumpkin hunt at Reiss.

Kids are in for a Halloween treat in the Sinclair's Bay area with a golden pumpkin hunt getting under way.

While normal guising proceedings are not being encouraged in Scotland this year, the Sinclair's Bay Trust has decided to organise an activity for local children so they don't miss out.

The newly set up development trust has organised a golden pumpkin hunt across the rural communities of Keiss, Reiss, Ackergill, Staxigoe, Papigoe and Noss.

The members recognised that this has been a difficult year for everyone, particularly children, and knew that Halloween was going to look a little different this time round.

Trust member Maysie Calder said: "We were delighted to give an alternative outdoor activity for families this Halloween and wanted to do something for the children and families within our community."

Maria Aitken, also a trust member, and her grandchildren were the brains and artists behind the golden pumpkin hunt.

“We hope everyone has lots of fun finding the letters on each of the pumpkins and working out what the words are for each village," Maria said. "The Keiss one is a particular challenge and may require a hint or two.”

Pumpkin hunt poster.
Pumpkin hunt poster.

The members have been delighted with the response so far and the golden pumpkins will remain in the villages until November 1. Hunters are invited to send a message to the trust via the Facebook page if they figure out the Halloween words.

A thank-you has been extended to all the neighbours in the villages that have adopted and displayed a pumpkin for the hunt.

"The Sinclair’s Bay community is known for its community spirit and this is just one example from a whole host of examples this year," Maysie said.

Sinclair’s Bay Trust is comprised of members who represent the villages of Keiss, Reiss, Ackergill, Staxigoe, Papigoe and Noss. The views of the community were sourced at the start of the year to help develop an action plan for the area.

The group has a goal to improve and develop Sinclair’s Bay as a place to live, work and visit.

Maysie added: “The trust looks forward to working with the communities in the future."

The trust can be found on Facebook and can be contacted there or via email at admin@sinclairsbay.co.uk


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