If you follow me on Twitter you will see a lot of my posts come from Cove Bay in Scotland which is where I live. In fact this website is named after a street there, Skelly Rock, which is where my wife and I lived when we were first married. It’s a pretty good community and only about 20 minutes drive from the centre of Aberdeen.
A few months ago, maybe a year, I joined the Cove Bay Community Facebook Page mostly to keep track of all the things that were going on in the community. While there was plenty of interesting and informative stuff, most of the posts, which were usually stamped with a plethora of angry emoji’s fell into categories
- People not picking up dog poop
- People speeding on the roads
- Local youths vandalising community spaces (allegedly)
This all came to ahead when the newly installed Catto Playpark was ‘vandalised’. Nobody saw anything, nobody knew anything but everyone had an opinion and an angry face emoji. I git a bit fed up and posted what is now a semi-regular column.
The Cove Bay category you will find copies of recent stories posted on their page. I do follow some strict editorial guidelines (of my own making)
- No foul language
- No real names
- No real local businesses
- No real street names
While the majority of the post will be ‘a bit silly’ occasionally I will be writing about local issues which are reflected in national or global events, like the recent loss of our centuries old fishing rights to a plastic surgeon (no seriously that is sadly not a joke).
Local residents were plunged into despair the other evening when rumours of vandalism to the newly opened Catto Playpark became the theme of the day on social media.
Damage to one of the key amusements was reported to the police and a crack team of council sub-contractors were deployed within minutes to rectify the issue.
Some youths, who were seen in the area were quoted as saying, “It wisnae us, honest!”
A deluge of angry faces in response to the social media post alerted the local press to what they hoped would be their scoop for the week. Sadly, Tavish McTavish, columnist on the Kincorth Gazette, was unimpressed and was heard to mutter, “I could have worked for the Guardian.”
The residents have been delighted by the rapid response of the authorities, although some are concerned that children could suffer life threatening injuries as a result of tripping over the grass. Local bobby, Bobby McBobson, advised parents against giving grass to their children to trip on saying, “I think that might be illegal”