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Arbroath Sea Fest Donates to Local Organisations

Posted onJuly 17, 2014

Arbroath Sea Fest Donates to Local Organisations

Arbroath Sea Fest Donates to Local Organisations

As preparations begin in earnest for Arbroath Sea Fest 2014, on Thursday, July 17, the committee responsible for this highly-successful annual event presented cheques to three local organisations – Arbroath Rugby Club, Arbroath Sea Cadets and 2422 (Arbroath) Squadron, Air Training Corps.

“This is our way of saying thank you to these groups for their invaluable assistance at last year’s Arbroath Sea Fest,” said Lynn Cameron, treasurer of Arbroath Sea Fest, which will take place at Arbroath Harbour on August 9/10, 2014.

“Arbroath Sea Fest is all about giving the 25,000 people who come along the best possible day out and showcasing the town’s fabulous businesses, organisations, live music, family entertainment and, of course, seafaring heritage – it’s not about fundraising,” stressed Lynn. “However, we have to cover the substantial and ever-rising costs of putting on such a massive event, while also building up a contingency fund for future Sea Fests, which is why we charge a small entrance fee and also charge stallholders.

“We are only too aware of the invaluable support provided to us by local organisations, whether they’re involved in entertaining the thousands of people who flock to Arbroath Harbour during the Sea Fest weekend or are involved in marshalling, collecting entrance fees or picking up litter. As a result, we like to donate any additional funds to voluntary groups who were involved in that year’s Arbroath Sea Fest and, over the years, Arbroath Sea Fest has donated thousands of pounds to a variety of highly worthwhile, and very helpful, local organisations.”

In recognition of their assistance at Arbroath Sea Fest 2013, Arbroath Rugby Club received a donation of £700, while Arbroath Sea Cadets and 2422 (Arbroath) Squadron, Air Training Corps each received a donation of £200.

“We’re delighted that the Air Cadets’ contribution to last year’s Sea Fest has been acknowledged by this very much-appreciated donation,” said Flight Sergeant Scott Ross, OC of 2422 (Arbroath) Squadron, Royal Air Force Air Cadets.

For more information about Arbroath Sea Fest 2014, visit www.arbroathseafest.co.uk.


Arbroaths Sea Fest 2012

Posted onAugust 3, 2012

Arbroaths Sea Fest 2012

Arbroaths Sea Fest 2012This weekend, Arbroath Harbour will be the place to be, as Arbroath Sea Fest celebrates the town’s maritime heritage with a host of things to see and do.

Arbroath Sea Fest 2012 has a 1940s’ theme, with wartime characters, artefacts, music and boats playing an important part in the festivities. Weather permitting, three historic fishing boats from this era are expected to sail into the harbour between 1pm and 2pm on Sea Fest Saturday, August 4, which will hopefully coincide with Sellers Brothers Swing Seven playing 1940s’ music on the Beacon Green stage.

“Going to Sea Fest is the highlight of the boating year for us,” said Peter Weightman of North East Maritime Trust, which will be sailing three of its historic fishing boats – Sovereign, Favourite and Rachel Douglas – from their present home in Newcastle to Arbroath. “Each of these vessels has been extensively restored to how they looked sixty years ago, when nearly all our harbours, including Arbroath, had a fleet of these seine netters.”

In a new addition to the Sea fest 2012 programme, Arbroath Abbey Timethemes will be presenting the premiere of a specially-written short play with a 1940’s theme. “We’ll be performing this play outside our Wartime Canteen on Beacon Green at 2pm on Sea Fest Sunday, August 5,” explained Bill Smith of Arbroath Abbey Timethemes. “Also, on the hour every hour, and in different parts of Beacon Green, Arbroath Abbey Timethemes will be joined by several members of Arbroath Male Voice Choir for a 1940s’ sing-along.”

One of the many fishing-related attractions at Arbroath Sea Fest 2012 will be the traditional boatbuilding demonstrations and displays by Northboats, an Aberdeenshire family-run boatbuilding, repair and restoration business. There will also be demonstrations of the making of Arbroath’s most famous export – Arbroath Smokies – by Iain R Spink, and the chance to go on board the beautiful old lady of the seas, Reaperone of the Scottish Fisheries Museum’s fleet of historic fishing boats.

Arbroath RNLI will be making a splash at 2.30pm on both days of Sea Fest with the launch of the Arbroath Lifeboat, which will be followed by a re-enactment of a rescue. And, as part of their fabulous fundraising efforts for the RNLI, Arbroath Lifeboat Ladies Guild will be selling cream teas from their stall alongside the lifeboat slipway.

The area around Arbroath Harbour is currently undergoing its annual Sea Fest transformation and, over the next few days, a multitude of stalls will soon be springing up around the harbour and on Beacon Green. “We’re delighted by the number of bookings we’ve had from stallholders this year,” said Alistair Martin, Arbroath Sea Fest committee member. “The wide variety and high number of stalls at Sea Fest are among the many reasons thousands of local people and visitors flock to Arbroath Sea Fest every August, which can only be good news for our town.”

Alistair stressed that family fun is always an important element of Sea Fest. “This year is no exception,” continued Alistair. “Children attending Arbroath’s weekend of seaside celebrations can enjoy lots of treats, including story-telling sessions and free face painting.”

Gates open at 10am on Saturday, August 4 and 11am on Sunday, August 5, with the admission charge of £3 (children under the age of five free).

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


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Arbroath Sea Fest Goes Back To 1940

Posted onMay 22, 2012

Arbroath Sea Fest Goes Back To 1940

Arbroath Sea Fest Goes Back To 1940Arbroath 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 1940’s 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, are currently pulling together a strong programme which will certainly add to the fabulous buzz that occurs in Arbroath during Sea Fest weekend,” said 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 underway, 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 atEleanor@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.

Changes At The Top For Arbroath Sea Fest Committee

Posted onApril 28, 2012

Changes At The Top For Arbroath Sea Fest Committee

Changes At The Top For Arbroath Sea Fest Committee

After twelve years as Chairman of Arbroath Sea Fest Committee, at the AGM on Tuesday, April 24, Alistair Martin handed over the reins to a new chairman, local businessman Marco Macari.

“We can’t show Alistair enough appreciation for everything he has done to ensure Arbroath Sea Fest has become one of the most successful and popular annual events in the east coast of Scotland, with a fabulous programme of special attractions and lots of fun for all the family,” said Marco.

“Alistair has been involved with Sea Fest since its early days and he has devoted so much time and energy without reward or recompense to ensuring the success of this weekend celebrating Arbroath’s links to the sea. On behalf of the committee and everyone who has ever attended Arbroath Sea Fest, I would like to say a massive ‘Thank you’.”

Marco added that Alistair is to remain a member of Arbroath Sea Fest Committee and that a new Vice Chair, Peter Donald, has been appointed. “With the Seafront Spectacular no longer on the calendar, Arbroath Sea Fest is now the summer festival in Arbroath and the surrounding area and I am determined to continue Alistair’s good work,” continued Marco, who has been a member of Arbroath Sea Fest Committee since 2005.

“Sea Fest is a wonderful, feel-good weekend which provides a fantastic opportunity for local people to meet up with friends old and new while also showcasing Arbroath’s fishing heritage, harbour, local produce and musical  talent, as well as generating tourism and income. I’m certainly looking forward to being at the helm.”

As preparations begin in earnest for Arbroath Sea Fest 2012 – which will be held on Saturday, August 4 and Sunday, August 5 - Marco stressed that the search is currently underway for new Sea Fest committee members. “To ensure that Sea Fest remains an exciting, dynamic occasion which attracts over 30,000 people from near and far year after year, we desperately need new people to join our committee,” said Marco. “We’re looking for enthusiastic volunteers with lots of ideas on how we can ensure Sea Fest continues to develop – and continues to live up to its excellent reputation.”

Potential committee members should contact Sea Fest Event Manager Eleanor Whitby by emailingEleanor@redpepperevents.com. For more information about Arbroath Sea Fest 2012, visitwww.arbroathseafest.co.uk.


Arbroath Sea Fest – The First 15 Years

Posted onMarch 13, 2012

Arbroath Sea Fest – The First 15 Years


The organisers have announced that Arbroath Sea Fest will take place on Saturday, August 4 and Sunday, August 5, 2012 – and, as this will be the 15th anniversary of this highly popular event, they’re hoping for a highly successful weekend.

“Over the years, Sea Fest has attracted thousands of visitors to Arbroath,” said Alistair Martin, chair of Arbroath Sea Fest Committee, the dedicated group of local volunteers who are behind this major tourist attraction. “Last year, about 30,000 people attended Sea Fest, ensuring a considerable boost to Arbroath’s economy while also providing a timely reminder of Arbroath’s connections with the sea.”

The concept of Arbroath Sea Fest was first aired during an informal meeting between two members of Arbroath Business Association, Alan Wallace and Harry Simpson, and a member of Angus Council’s Economic Development Unit. “We were chatting about how to encourage more visitors to Arbroath, help local businesses and promote the town when the idea of a festival celebrating the town’s strong links with the sea surfaced,” explained Harry Simpson.

“We suggested this to Arbroath Business Association and it was decided that, in partnership with Arbroath RNLI, Arbroath Fisherman’s Association, Arbroath Community Council and Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce, Arbroath Business Association’s annual summer fête would be transformed into a two-day, large-scale festival.”

Councillor Bob Spink was one of the many local people who soon became involved in the exciting new project. “Many others in Arbroath shared my good impression of the town and were keen to highlight how much Arbroath could offer as a place to live, locate a business or visit on holiday,” recalled Cllr Spink. “In addition, Arbroath Sea Fest was, potentially, an excellent way of capitalising on the tremendous tourism potential of Arbroath’s fishing heritage.”

In July 1997, the first Arbroath Sea Fest was held. “It was wonderful to see so many people at the harbour, enjoying a day out in Arbroath,” recalled Harry Simpson, who estimates that about 15,000 people attended the inaugural Sea Fest.

After three successful years, Arbroath Sea Fest became a limited charitable company and Arbroath Business Association’s involvement ceased. “That’s when I became involved,” explained Alistair Martin. “Since then, and with the support of the excellent committee, Arbroath Sea Fest has continued to grow, with ever-increasing numbers of stalls, visitors and special attractions.”

Cllr Spink was a member of Arbroath Sea Fest Committee until 2009 and retains a keen interest in the event. “Sea Fest’s a very good day out – and it’s certainly lived up to its original aim of attracting people to the town,” he said.

Sea Fest Event Manager Eleanor Whitby confirmed that Sea Fest brings a mini-tourist boom to Arbroath every August. “Statistics show that, during the weekend of Sea Fest, Angus benefits from a good increase in tourism figures, with local accommodation providers fully booked well in advance,” said Eleanor.  

The Provost of Angus, Ruth Leslie Melville, has attended several Sea Fests. “Arbroath Sea Fest is a marvellous, happy family event which is appreciated – and attended – by the people of Arbroath, people across Angus and beyond. Hats off to all those involved in this event, who take on these responsibilities out of civic pride and commitment to the Royal Burgh of Arbroath.”

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

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