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Last Updated: Wednesday, 16 August 2006, 06:00 GMT 07:00 UK
Go-ahead for Wild West town plans
Alistair Baranowski
Mr Baranowski outside the Tranquillity Saloon
A Wild West enthusiast from Huntly has been given the go-ahead to create his very own frontier town, despite the concerns of nearby residents.

Alistair Baranowski plans to stage cowboy re-enactments on his land at Drumblair, Aberdeenshire.

Mr Baranowski, or Johnny B as he is known, already has a saloon.

He has now been granted permission to add a sheriff's office, a jail and an undertakers, after agreeing to limit events at the site.

His plans were opposed by his neighbours at listed Drumblair House, who raised concerns the re-enactments would be very noisy, with "shouting, gunfire and drinking".

Life-long passion

However, planners reported that woodland between the two properties would afford sufficient privacy.

Mr Baranowski has agreed to open only 28 days a year and councillors agreed to grant permission for two years to assess the venture.

The 53-year-old retired sub postmaster estimates he has already spent thousands of pounds on his Wild West project.

The US frontier has been a passion of his since he was given a cowboy outfit as a child.

Speaking when he revealed plans for expansion, he said: "I have been involved in re-enactments since the 1970s, but it was only more recently that I have had the money to start building."


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