Source : STV Aberdeen

Music legend Annie Lennox has pledged her support to a charity parade taking place in Aberdeen tomorrow.

Around 3,000 people are expected to take part in Celebrate Aberdeen – a parade recognising the hard work carried out by Aberdeen’s charities, social enterprises and volunteering organisations.

A host of street performers, musicians and dancers will also be taking part in the parade, which will start at Holburn Street junction from 11am and continue along the full length of Union Street before finishing at the Castlegate.

Among those who have championed the parade is Aberdeen-born Eurythmics star Lennox.

Although unable to attend on the day, the singer said: “On June 11, a wonderful event will take place in the heart of Aberdeen. A coalition of over 130 organisations and community groups will join together to parade down the historic main street of the city, to celebrate, and take a moment to ‘be seen and heard’.

“In my view, the real heroes of this world are folks you might never have heard of. The people who ask for no praise or recognition, but are continuously and consistently there, wherever they’re needed, to support, give counsel, information and guidance, or even just a listening ear, to say… ’I’m here’..’You’re not alone.’

“The heroes of your city will be walking down Union Street. Join them. Celebrate with them. Show them that you endorse the incredible things they do.”

Members of the public are invited to take along their loose change to hand over to official collectors. All profits from the day will be donated to a new fund, managed by Aberdeen Council of Voluntary Organisations.

A number of road closures will be in place around the city centre while the parade is taking place.

Alison Chandler, funding and business planning officer at ACVO added: “Aberdeen has a wonderful and extremely valuable third sector that the city should be very proud of, and this parade is the ideal opportunity to raise awareness of the individual groups participating in it, as well as the sector as a whole.

“I would urge the citizens of Aberdeen to show their support and appreciation for all the good causes and organisations in the city by coming along to the parade on Saturday to share in our celebrations and enjoy the spectacle.”

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