Best ever festival showcases Auchmithie

Re-enactments were part of the HAAR festival.
Re-enactments were part of the HAAR festival.

The Heritage Arts Auchmithie Residents (HAAR) have declared Saturday’s ninth annual heritage festival as the best yet.

The village was overflowing with visitors to the event as the warm sunshine saw people from far and wide turn out to see what the day had to offer.

Stuart Scott making Smokies.

Stuart Scott making Smokies.

The free event offered family fun, historical re-enactments along with a flower show and display, which took place in the church hall.

And organisers were overjoyed with this year’s event and turnout. A spokesperson said: “The whole day is about a community working together as volunteers to celebrate their own village and to show its rich history to visitors who come to see it. The committee do not aim to make large profits nor is it a business.

“The aim is simply to cover costs and keep a little for the next year’s festival which is exactly what we have achieved for the last nine years now.

“However none of this could be done without all the help from family and friends and the organisers would like to thank everyone who worked hard both before and on the day.

“The huge turnout meant folk staying at their posts above and beyond the call of duty and their hard work was commented on by many of the visitors.

“Auchmithie is a beautiful backdrop to the festival and we know people saw it at its best on Saturday especially in the baiting scene set in a volunteer’s garden with the wonderful scene of Auchmithie harbour and the cliffs in the background.

“The HAAR could not have wished for a better day.”

One of the main attractions of the festival are the historical re-enactments and this year they were greatly enhanced thanks to the use of radio microphones, which were hired especially for the occasion.

A spokesperson said: “We realised that our audience numbers were growing every year and that it was becoming difficult for those at the back of the crowd to hear.

“This year was a trial investment for our community group in fairly expensive technology. Feedback for visitors however confirms this was a greatly appreciated improvement and we hope this will become a permanent feature for future HAAR festivals.”