Three local strongmen grabbed the chance to to flex their muscles and practice their lifting techniques for the Arbroath Sea Fest Strongman Competition.
The strongmen - Paul Benton, Mike Spink and Owen Simpson – are members of Arbroath’s Warehouse Gym and will be competing in the contest to find the event’s ultimate strongman.
The gruelling competition will involve lifting, dragging and flipping a variety of objects so, as part of their warm-up, the strongmen will begin by lifting singer Tasmin Glass from Kirriemuir, who will be performing at Sea Fest on Sunday morning.
After completing their first task, the strongmen will attempt to lift the vintage Mini which has been lovingly restored by Arbroath Sea Fest committee member Chris Henderson.
“I was slightly worried when I heard that lifting my Mini was to be part of their pre-competition training,” said Chris.
“However, like all the competitors in the Arbroath Sea Fest Strongman Competition, they have been in training for months to ensure their fitness, strength and stamina are at a peak so picking up my car should be a piece of high-protein cake!”
Lee Page, ex-British Powerlifting title-holder and owner of The Warehouse Gym, revealed that there has been a great deal of interest in this weekend’s contest to find the strongest man at Arbroath Sea Fest.
“Lots of our members are in training for this contest, including the highly-impressive strongmen,” said Lee. “Watching them all battle it out on the quayside on Saturday will be a highly impressive sight.”
The Arbroath Sea Fest Strongman Competition is only one of the many items on Sea Fest’s packed entertainment programme.
Other attractions include displays of vintage vehicles and fishing boats, the LimeLight Colour Run, where participants will be transformed into multi-coloured dancers, runners and walkers as they make their way along the special 5k route, and performances by Sea Fest favourites The Puppet Gang.
In addition, there will be more than 100 stalls selling everything from fresh local produce to stunning artwork, boat trips to the cliffs, rescue demonstrations, cream teas at the RNLI Lifeboat Shed, Arbroath Smokies still hot from the smoke barrel, and performances by top local musicians, including the Declaration Band, LimeLight, Harry McFadyen, Cheryl Brown and Tasmin Glass.
“These are just a few of the great performers we have on the bill this weekend,” added Chris. “For lots of fun, great food, fabulous live music and feats of strength, Arbroath Sea Fest is the place to be this weekend.”
Gates open at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 9, and Sunday, August 10. Admission is £3 for adults, £2 concessions, under-5s free (£2 for car parking). For more information about Arbroath Sea Fest, visit www.arbroathseafest.co.uk.