HUNDREDS of protesters – led by the Grim Reaper driving a horse-drawn chariot – are expected to march through the streets of a Moray village tomorrow (Saturday) to demand that the council rethinks its library closures plan.
Supporters of the arts are to join the Burghead rally in opposition to the sector’s development budget being completely slashed.
The protest was organised by locals who were outraged by the budget decision made by the Moray Council on February 13, which will see seven libraries close in the area, as well as a mobile unit axed.
People in other communities impacted by the library closures – Rothes, Hopeman, Cullen, Findochty, Portknockie and Dufftown – are invited to attend.
Campaigners will gather at Burghead’s playing fields at 2pm before marching to the Headland.
In a statement, the organising committee said: “We are looking forward to an enjoyable and family-friendly afternoon. All are welcome, and it would be great to see lots of children.”
Pipers, the Forres samba band and protesters with banners and flags will take part.
“We will gather on the Headland, the ancient Pictish Fort, at the end of the procession, where we will have speeches, music, refreshments and Pictish warrior face painting. The Burghead visitor centre, which has just been extended and now has wonderful sea views, will be open to visit,” the statement continued.
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A full report and picture special from the march will be in The Northern Scot print verion this week.