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The Declaration Band were squeezing in extra rehearsal on top of a double decker bus on Monday for their performance at next week’s Seafest.

The open top vehicle will be serving as a stage for some of the bands, who will be entertaining visitors to the annual festival, which takes place on Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4.

Howard Cargill of the Declaration Band explained that, for the first time, the main stage at Arbroath Sea Fest will be the top deck of a restored vintage bus – adding a touch of the classic film ‘Summer Holiday’ to the two-day event.

“We won’t be adding any Cliff Richard songs to our set,” laughed Howard, “but we will be performing lots of songs that are guaranteed to get Sea Fest’s thousands of visitors in a summer holiday frame of mind!”

The Declaration Band, which will be playing on the Saturday and Sunday afternoons of Sea Fest, is one of several top local bands making an appearance during Arbroath’s annual celebration of its links with the sea.

Other bands appearing on top of the double-decker bus during Arbroath Sea Fest will be Around 7, The Street, Sky Riot and singers Jordan Murray and Hugh Boyd.

In addition, the LimeLight Company will be resurrecting their record production of Summer Holiday and, thanks to the double decker bus, will have the perfect prop!

“The open-top double-decker bus is part of Taybus Vintage Vehicle Society’s fleet of buses from Dundee and the surrounding area,” said Christine Smith, who is a member of the Arbroath Sea Fest committee.

“It will be a wonderful addition to the overall look and sound of Sea Fest 2013.”

John Fraser of Taybus Vintage Vehicle Society explained that the bus dates back to the 1970s, when it was used on the summer-only route between Dundee and Broughty Ferry beach.

“After we completed the restoration of this bus earlier this year, its first run was to its original bus stops at Broughty Ferry,” said John.

“It’s wonderful to be able to make another trip to the seaside to take part in Arbroath Sea Fest.”