Sea Fest sure to be another triumph

ARBROATH Sea Fest’s organisers have revealed that, inspired by the 70th anniversary celebrations of the Angus town’s wartime donation of a Spitfire, Arbroath Sea Fest 2012 is to have a Second World War theme.

“The Sea Fest Committee felt strongly that such a significant part of Arbroath’s relatively recent history – which also highlights the generosity of the people of our town - be commemorated at Sea Fest on August 4/5,” said Ralph Barnett of Arbroath Sea Fest Committee.

To highlight the Second World War theme, Ralph explained that there will be a variety of special attractions at this year’s Sea Fest, including displays of 1940s’ vehicles and artefacts from Strathmore Vintage Vehicle Club and Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre, music, song and dance from wartime days and a trip back in time with a special production by Arbroath Abbey Timethemes.

“The Sea Fest Committee, supported by event director Eleanor Whitby, is currently pulling together a strong programme which will certainly add to the fabulous buzz that occurs in Arbroath during Sea Fest weekend,” added Ralph, who is a new member of the Sea Fest Committee.

“In my previous career as a journalist, I frequently wrote about Sea Fest, as a member of the Arbroath Lifeboat’s crew, I’ve participated in several Sea Fests and, last year, I spent a great weekend working on a pleasure boat, taking Sea Fest visitors to the Bell Rock and the cliffs. No matter what hat I’m wearing, I’m always struck by how much everyone enjoys Sea Fest and I’m very excited to be so closely involved in the organisation of this fantastic event.”

Ralph stressed that, as well as the wartime-themed attractions, Sea Fest will continue to feature an excellent variety of things to see and do– and a few exciting additions to the programme are in the pipeline. “Of course, Arbroath’s annual celebration of its maritime history and heritage will also include our usual eclectic selection of sea-going vessels,” continued Ralph. “And there will be opportunities to buy shellfish and fresh fish, as well as Arbroath Smokies straight from the barrel, courtesy of Iain R. Spink, or from one of the nearby smokehouses.”

Event director Eleanor Whitby stressed that, although preparations are well under way, there are still lots of opportunities available for participation in Sea Fest 2012. “If any local people, businesses, groups, charities or organisations would like to take part in Sea Fest, perhaps by performing on one of our stages, taking a stall or providing a demonstration or exhibition, please email me at Eleanor@redpepperevents.com,” said Eleanor, who added that Sea Fest is supported by Angus Council Community Grant Scheme.

Arbroath councillor Donald Morrison was delighted to hear about the committee’s plans for this year’s Arbroath Sea Fest. “Arbroath Sea Fest’s continued success – and the boost it provides to the local economy - is all thanks to the hard work of this small group of local volunteers,” he said.

“Sea Fest is a mainstay in the Arbroath - and Angus – tourist calendar, attracting large numbers of visitors to the town from far and wide. After spending an afternoon at last year’s Sea Fest, which was very well-attended, I saw clearly the knock-on effect of this superb event, with a great many people visiting the local shops, pubs and restaurants. Here’s to another successful Sea Fest weekend!”

For more information about Arbroath Sea Fest 2012, visit www.arbroathseafest.co.uk