The rain may have dampened bodies but not spirits as Arbroath’s Sea Fest again proved a big draw with over 25,000 visitors.
According to organisers the annual celebration of maritime heritage very nearly broke previous attendance records, until Mother Nature stepped in.
Sea Fest Committee treasurer Lynn Cameron said: “Until the weather broke on Sunday lunchtime, we were on course to smash our previous attendance records as it looked as though we were going to have over 30,000 people coming along over the weekend.
“Sunday soon lived up to its wet and windy weather forecast, which, unfortunately, had an impact on visitor numbers.
“However, Arbroath Sea Fest was still a resounding success and we’d like to thank everyone who came along, manned stalls, provided entertainment, welcomed people onto their boat or helped the Sea Fest team in any way – especially on Sunday, when we had the first stormy day at Arbroath Sea Fest for several years.”
Throughout Arbroath Sea Fest weekend, hundreds of people took advantage of the opportunity to find out about life on board fishing boats in days gone by, with both the Scottish Fisheries Museum’s flagship, The Reaper, and the perfectly-restored Britannia welcoming visitors on board and below deck. Other highlights included, as always, traditionally-smoked Arbroath Smokies, the launch of the RNLI Lifeboat, excellent live music and a new addition to the Sea Fest programme, LimeLight’s Colour Run, which attracted hundreds of competitors.
Angus Provost Helen Oswald was there on Saturday and commented: “Arbroath Sea Fest is a great event for the local community, for local businesses and for Angus, while also giving the people of Arbroath and the surrounding area a chance to touch base with their fishing heritage, either by visiting one of these marvellous fishing boats or simply tucking into a freshly-made Arbroath Smokie.”