Brechin’s Transition Town campaign launched

THE CUBAN Night held in The Northern Hotel on Friday,April 5 was greatly enjoyed by all who attended.

As this was the launch of the campaign to have Brechin recognised as a Transition Town, the evening started with a short film about the transition in Cuba after losing access to Soviet oil in the early 1990s.

There were some very interesting examples of how the communities got round the problems they encountered and how the community spirit was revived.

Transition for Brechin could mean looking at how we encourage everyone to support local businesses and buy locally, considering setting up enterprises to create local jobs and possibly a project to create renewable energy to supply the local community

Daniel and Anysabel from Latin Dance Aberdeen demonstrated some simple Salsa steps and soon had most of the audience up on the floor trying them out.

After some practice quite a few of those present performed some dances before the light refreshments.

Even those who didn’t want to try Salsa enjoyed watching the dancing and listening to the music provide by Daniel. Everyone was very complimentary about the Cuban-style food and some also enjoyed the Cuba Libre in keeping with the theme of the evening.

As the first profile-raising event of the transition project, the organisers were pleased with the support of all who attended and particularly with the assistance of the Manager of The Northern Hotel, Sugath, for all he did to make sure the evening was a success.

Grahame Lockhart, Convener of The City of Brechin and District Community Council commented: “I wish to thank everyone who was involved in organising the Cuban Night and all those who came along.

“We realise that choosing a date in the Easter holidays was perhaps not the best time, but we still had a great night.

“Discussions will take place shortly to see how the Community Council, other groups and individuals can take the Transition Town project forward.

“This project ties in with the Community Campus, Angus Council’s ‘Vision for Brechin’ report, setting up a Brechin Development Trust, all the events being organised by the Retailers’ Association and the Music Festival.

“Community Council members are conscious that we must work with others to ensure we co-ordinate our efforts and not duplicate them.

“There will be many difficult decisions for our community to make over the coming years and we will all need to decide what our priorities for Brechin are.”