On board celebrations kick off 20 years of Arbroath Sea Fest

Arbroath Sea Fest Committee marked 20 years of celebrating the towns maritime connections on board Britannia, one of several traditional fishing boats attending Arbroath Sea Fest 2016.  Pictured left to right Lynn Cameron, Aneta Smith, harbour manager Bruce Fleming, boat owner Sandy Aitken and Carl Nielsen with harbour dog Jake.
Arbroath Sea Fest Committee marked 20 years of celebrating the towns maritime connections on board Britannia, one of several traditional fishing boats attending Arbroath Sea Fest 2016. Pictured left to right Lynn Cameron, Aneta Smith, harbour manager Bruce Fleming, boat owner Sandy Aitken and Carl Nielsen with harbour dog Jake.

Today the Arbroath Sea Fest Committee marked 20 years of celebrating the town’s maritime connections on board Britannia, one of several traditional fishing boats attending Arbroath Sea Fest 2016, which is on tomorrow and Sunday.

Arbroath Sea Fest committee member Lynn Cameron said: “We thought it was only fitting that we celebrate our 20th Sea Fest on the deck of a fishing boat very similar to those that once sailed from Arbroath.”

She added that Britannia, which is based at Anstruther, is a 65 foot seine netter which has been lovingly converted into a house boat.

“This beautiful fishing boat was at Sea Fest last year and her owners are once again looking forward to welcoming visitors on board on Saturday and Sunday,” continued Lynn.

Lynn has been involved in the organisation of Arbroath Sea Fest for many years and is one of the eight-strong committee, which is made up entirely of volunteers. She said: “On behalf of Arbroath Sea Fest Committee, I’d like to thank everyone who has been involved with Sea Fest since it began in 1997, whether as a boat owner, stall holder, organisation member, charity fundraiser, performer, chef, strongman, competitive pie-eater, raft racer or simply as one of the thousands of people who have come through our gates over the years.

“We couldn’t do this without every single one of you.

“For me, one of the best aspects of Sea Fest is the way people always bump into old friends they’ve not seen for years and it’s also the amazing family atmosphere and the fabulous choice of things to see and do, for all ages.

“In fact, there are so many reasons Sea Fest is a very special event.

“This year’s Arbroath Sea Fest has an exciting programme of events and activities, fabulous live music, a huge variety of stalls and lots of opportunities to try and buy local produce, including a cookery demo with top chef Jamie Scott.

“In addition, and to celebrate our 20th Sea Fest, from 5pm until 7pm on Saturday evening, we will have an additional couple of hours of live music, which we like to think is our mini music festival.

“We hope people will enjoy a few beers in the evening sun while listening to a great band, Miami Vince, who play 70s’ and 80s’ music.

“There’s going to be a fabulous atmosphere all weekend – come along and join in with the party!”

Entry to Arbroath Sea Fest 2016 is £4 (£2 concessions, under-5s free, parking £2).

Gates open 10am and close 7pm on Saturday, August 13; 5pm on Sunday, August 14.