Annual Haar Festival

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THE SIXTH Haar Festival at Auchmithie which will take place on Saturday and Sunday, September 3 and 4, promises to be an event with a difference.

On the Saturday, between 1.15 and 5 p.m., there will be all the traditional delights of a family day out to savour, from the smokie barrel to the tearoom and the range of stalls selling items associated with the rich culture and history of this tiny village which gave the Arbroath Smokie to the world.

But the re-enactments this year have been rescripted to reflect and celebrate the Year of the Light, marking the bicentenary of the Bell Rock Lighthouse. And a newly-composed song celebrating the lighthouse has been added to the performance.

The re-enactments will take place at several key venues around the village culminating in the popular Fisher Wedding where everyone is encouraged to join in the festivities.

There will also be a performance on stage in the Annie Gilruth Memorial Hall. Children’s games will also feature in the course of the afternoon.

A team of Sea Cadets will once again be in attendance in the Annie Gilruth Memorial Hall showing off their finely-honed professional skills in stewarding and catering.

St Peter’s Church will be the venue for a display of floral art, offering an oasis of quiet in beautiful surroundings. And fittingly for this year, designs will be inspired by the Bell Rock Lighthouse.

On the Sunday at 7 p.m. in St Peter’s Church, Auchmithie, author Craig Mair will give a talk entitled ‘To Build a Star for Seamen’ as part of the Festival Finale led by Canon Dr John Cuthbert.

Songsters and musicians from Arbroath St Andrew’s Church will provide musical backing. As seating is limited, tickets (which are free) may be booked in advance by telephoning 01241 875398.

Ample car parking is available on both days of the Festival. For information contact Ann Craig on. 01241 531511 or auchmithie@hotmail.com or Pat Clegg on 01241 875398 or patclegg@auchmithie.wanadoo.co.uk