MP congratulates community group on Queen’s Award honour

MP congratulates community group on Queen’s Award honour

Banff and Buchan MP David Duguid has congratulated Portsoy Community Enterprise (PCE) after it received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

The award is the highest possible for a voluntary group in the United Kingdom.

PCE is a social enterprise that offers the local community and visitors the opportunity to take part in cultural experiences and supporting the tourism economy of the area.

The group is behind the annual Scottish International Boat Festival, as well as The Salmon Bothy, The Boatshed, Portsoy Links Caravan Park and The Sail Loft.

Speaking after the award was announced today (Monday), Mr Duguid said:

“This is fantastic news and I am delighted for all involved with Portsoy Community Enterprise.

“The boat festival has been a tremendous success since its inception in 1993 – at the time intended to be a one-off event.

“Since then, the group has provided year-round facilities and cultural opportunities for the local community and visitors alike.

“Their efforts not only add to the appeal of this beautiful coastal town but also benefit the wider north-east economy and tourism sector.

“To be recognised in this way is a credit to all their hard work.”