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Work to redevelop Aberdeen's Duthie Park gets under way

Duthie Park [Pic: Norman Adams/Aberdeen City Council]
Image caption Aberdeen's popular Duthie Park opened in 1883

Work on a major £5.2m redevelopment of Aberdeen's famous Duthie Park has got under way.

The aim is to restore the Victorian park - which opened in 1883 and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year - to its former glory.

Lord Provost Peter Stephen led a turf cutting ceremony on Wednesday afternoon.

He said: "This is an exciting period in the long history of Duthie Park."

A wheelbarrow used at the turf cutting ceremony in 1881, when construction of the park began, was used at the event.

The restoration work is due to be completed by December.

The project secured a £2.56m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, matched with £2.67m from Aberdeen City Council.

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