Preparations Continue for Arbroath Sea Fest 2011
Preparations are underway for one of the highlights of the Angus summer – Arbroath Sea Fest, which takes place on Saturday, August 13 and Sunday, August 14.
With over 30,000 people expected to attend Sea Fest this weekend, the organisers are making sure everything will be ready when the gates open at 10am on Saturday morning. “Despite a couple of very wet days and a few minor hiccups, everything is on schedule,” said Eleanor Whitby of Red Pepper Events, Event Director of Arbroath Sea Fest 2011, who has been based in a portacabin at Arbroath Harbour for almost a week to ensure everything goes smoothly.
Alistair Martin, Chair of Arbroath Sea Fest Committee, organisers of the annual celebration of Arbroath’s links with the sea, revealed that there have been several late additions to the Sea Fest programme, including, on Saturday, August 13, a performance by talented local dancers from Showcase The Street. “And, on Sunday, we’ve been able to squeeze a few more acts into our packed entertainment programme,” continued Alistair.
“There will be a country dancing demonstration on board a boat in the harbour by the East Angus Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, who will treat spectators to a performance of the Bell Rock Reel, which they danced around the Bell Rock Lighthouse a few weeks ago. There will also be demonstrations by chainsaw sculpture Gary Shand and a chance to hear Pipe Major Stephen Russell of Arbroath British Legion Pipe Band play ‘The Year of the Light’, which he composed in honour of the 200th anniversary of the Bell Rock Lighthouse.”
Alistair also highlighted the wealth of children’s activities during Sea Fest 2011, including regular storytelling sessions on Beacon Green, a sandcastle competition, fun fair rides and, of course, the thrills and spills of the freestyle jet skiers and the chance to explore fishing boats from long ago. “Sea Fest is an event for all the family,” continued Alistair. “There’s something for everyone.”
Admission to Arbroath Sea Fest 2011 costs £3 for adults, £2 for children (under-5s free). For more information about Arbroath Sea Fest 2011, visit www.arbroathseafest.co.uk