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Over-55s in Moray try out paddleboarding

By Alistair Whitfield

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A group of middle-aged Moray folk took to the River Spey's cool waters to try stand-up paddleboarding for the first time ever.


The free taster session at Garmouth and Kingston was part of a programme designed by Royal Voluntary Service.

First Time for Everything aims to give people aged over 55 opportunities to try new activities in their local community.

Ian Menzies is the Royal Voluntary Service activity co-ordinator for Moray.

He said: "It was wonderful to see so many people trying stand-up paddleboarding for the first time.

"Thanks to support from players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, we’ll be offering a wide range of exciting First Time for Everything activities each month at different locations around Moray."

The session was overseen by instructors from Outfit Moray, the Lossiemouth-based outdoors charity.

Amongst the paddleboarding fledglings were George Masson and Norma McPherson.

He said: "It was great fun and a fantastic day. It couldn’t have got any better."

While she added: “It was a magic moment being on the board."


The First Time for Everything programme is aimed at people aged over 55 and was launched in 2017.

Since then more than 685 First Time for Everything events have taken place across Britain.

To date, nearly 10,000 people have come along to try new activities such as yoga, treetop trekking and pottery.

Find out more about the programme HERE

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