[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
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."

Cowboy fan in Wild West town plea
06 Apr 06 |  Scotland

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific