Published: 08/06/2014 09:00 - Updated: 06/06/2014 11:09

Plan to revive Buckie Drifter centre

A meeting will be held to address the future of The Buckie Drifter.
A meeting will be held to address the future of The Buckie Drifter.

PLANS to breathe new life into a disused museum will be unveiled at a public meeting later this month.

Proposals will be tabled to transform the Buckie Drifter into a traditional music and culture centre.

Buckie Area Forum has organised the meeting, which is open to all interested parties from Moray and further afield.

James Alexander, founder of the Fochabers Fiddlers and the man behind the project, will give a presentation on plans to revitalise the building that needs around £200,000 worth of refurbishment to bring it up to standard.

It is hoped a steering committee will be established to bring the project to fruition and source funding for the work that includes a new heating system and replacement cladding.

The Buckie Drifter Maritime Heritage Centre, on the town’s Freuchny Road, has lain empty for nine years.

It opened in 1994, telling the story of the fishing communities along the coast of the Moray Firth and the importance of the herring industry.

The Drifter closed its doors in 2005 following rising costs and dwindling visitor numbers.

The meeting will be held in the upper hall at Buckie Town House from 7pm on Wednesday, June 18.

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