Great start for town’s new festival

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Arbroath’s inaugural ‘ArbourFest’ on Saturday was a resounding success according to organisers.

Benefiting from the glorious sunshine there was a good turnout for the event, which had been organised by former Royal Marine Kevin Smith.

Mr Smith was keen to thank everyone who had helped make the event a success.

He said: “Please could I thank everyone who was involved in last Saturday’s Arbourfest, which was a great success, and we were lucky to have some amazing weather!

“Special thanks to the Bellrock Restaurant whose chefs provided special fish dishes for everyone to enjoy. The fish cooked was donated by local fish merchants; M.M. Smith, Arbroath Fisheries, M.M. Spink, Stuart’s Fresh Fish, Derek Spink, A.A. Spink, B. Swankie and David Cargill, many thanks to them. Thanks also to The Old Boatyard, Campbell Scott and Italian friend who had an amazing display of fish and tasters.

“Throughout the day there was music from James Shepherd-Blyth of ‘Musical Memories’, line dancing from Crazy Hazy, Martial Art display from Best Defence (Guthrieport), and a bouncy castle for the kids. Tayside Fire Brigade and the Mobile Library (thanks Carolyn!) were also on show, as well as a Lifeboat launch at noon (cheers Ron).

“The craft tent and other stalls were stacked full of goodies to buy, and also wood turning demonstrations from TayWood. The Coast Guard were also present, and the stage provided by R.T. McEwan from Inverkeillor.

“Stewarding and car parking was provided by members of the Arbroath Rugby Club, so thanks to George and Sheryll and their mates.

“Thanks also to Kevin ‘The Tent’ Barthorpe and my lovely missus, Julie. Colin and Kirsten were a big help from the Signal Tower, and the ‘West Links’ financed the Public Liability Insurance, flyers and the big tent, tables came from the Community Centre so many thanks to Angus Council for all their help and assistance.

“It is hoped to start a regular market in Arbroath along the lines of those ran in Forfar and Montrose, but this depends on local commitment and support. Having now ran several markets over several years I was very pleased that I could put on the event for next to nothing!

“My expenses came to £30 which left a profit of £300 (from stallholders), of which £150 will go to the Rugby club, £50 to the Seafest who kindly provided the covered stalls, £50 to the Lifeboat (contributed by Crazy Hazy) and £50 to Fireworks for Arbroath who were fundraising on the day.

“Race for Life were also present and reported making lots of pennies for their cause. So again big thanks to all those involved, it was a pleasure to work with everyone, and hope I have not missed anyone out.”