A campaign to paint the town red and white in support of Aberdeen FC’s Scottish Cup final this weekend has been launched.
The All For Aberdeen campaign, organised by Aberdeen Inspired in partnership with AFC and AFC Community Trust, aims to show support for players and charity ahead of the big day on Saturday.
Geoff Cooper, city centre manager at Aberdeen Inspired, said: “All For Aberdeen is a great opportunity for the public to get behind the football club. Aberdeen needs good news stories at the moment and there’s a huge positivity within the city just now and its a really great way to manifest itself.
“From a bunting perspective it’s great timing as we’ve got the Aberdeen Scottish Cup Final this weekend but we’ve also got the Tour Series cycle race happening on Thursday too so the town is going to be looking absolutely fantastic for that. Later on in the year we’ve got Celebrate Aberdeen and The Great Aberdeen Run so the bunting will remain for the whole of the summer. I think it will bring a nice feel to Union Street.
“It’s very easy for people to get involved in the Dress Don Day which will be fun for everyone to get involved in. I think the people of Aberdeen will definitely embrace it, there’s a lot of willingness to get involved.
“We wish the team the very best for Saturday.”
The red and white week will see businesses across the city dress their shop windows in the Dons colours and on Friday it’s hoped everyone will dress up and get involved before the team set off to take on Celtic at Hampden.
Debra Christie, fundraising and business development co-ordinator for AFC Community Trust, said: “Aberdeen Inspired wanted to support the football team and the community trust so they have been great in getting people involved. So many businesses are getting involved and there’s a real feel-good factor around the whole campaign. There’s a great array of events coming to Aberdeen soon so it’s great to get the community together.
“The majority of the businesses will be dressing their business windows red and white and we’ll be arranging visits by Angus the Bull and Donny the Sheep to as many businesses as possible.
“McGinty’s are creating a brilliant AFC burger, Haigs are producing red and white sausages to support the team and there’s so many others getting involved and supporting the campaign in so many different ways.
“For those looking to get involved it’s so simple and they can do anything and everything they would like to show their support and back the Dons.”
Many businesses across the city have already signed up to the campaign.
Firms backing the campaign already include Haigs, The Foundry, McGinty’s, CBRE, Trinity Centre, Union Square, James Dun House, Gavin Bain and Company, Chaophrya, Sea Salt and Sole, Bridge Street Social Club and many more.
Two businesses that have kicked off the celebrations in style include The Foundry and Haigs. The Foundry has already had its window decorated throughout the weekend and Haigs officially launch its red and white AFC Cup Final sausages today.
Kieren Joseph, deputy manager of The Foundry, said: “I’m a huge Dons fan and its great that Aberdeen Inspired and AFC have pulled this campaign together. We kicked off our celebrations last week on Friday by inviting Donny the sheep to our latest and most successful dementia disco which we hold at the bar.
“It’s great to see the whole city getting behind the Dons, it’s really brought the community together – there’s a definite sense of pride throughout. We’ll be continuing to celebrate red and white week here at The Foundry and we’ll be going all out on Friday for red and white day. Of course, we’ll be showing the sold-out match on our screens on Saturday – hopefully we can emulate some of the atmosphere at Hampden in the bar to give the public a real taste of the game.”
Julie Haig, owner of Haigs, said: “We wanted to help create a nice feeling in the city and we thought coming up with something food-related for the campaign would be really fun. We’ve created some delicious pork and sausage meat sausages which look red and white to match AFC’s colours and we will be selling them in packs of 12 from today.
“The campaign is also a great opportunity for all the businesses and the public to come together and show support to the team and the city itself. We’re looking forward to seeing how the team gets on and wish them all the best.”
Businesses looking to get involved in the All For Aberdeen campaign are encouraged to e-mail AFC Community Trust at firstname.lastname@example.org