Harbour Festival this weekend

Lesley and Her Vikings
Lesley and Her Vikings

This weekend sees the third Annual Stonehaven Harbour Festival organized by the local service clubs of Rotary, Lions and Round Table.

The event is to be held on August 30 at Stonehaven Harbour from 11am.

Events programme

Events programme

The theme this year is Vikings and the organisers are very pleased to report that they have managed to get the support of the South Mainland Vikings led by the first ever female “Guizer Jarl,” Lesley Simpson and some of her band of Vikings to attend this years event. The Up Helly Ha festivals held in Shetland in the early part of every year are a striking spectacle and the organisers are looking forward to showing the people of Stonehaven some of the spectacle, although we cannot promise any boat burning.

The Vikings will parade at the opening at 11am and Lesley has kindly agreed to open the Festival. The Vikings will hopefully be around for much of the day performing some of their songs and providing photo opportunities.

Along with Vikings, , there will be the usual sea based activities including, visit of the Bon Accord lifeboat from Aberdeen, displays by the Stonehaven Inshore Lifeboat, Sea Cadets sailing display, skiff racing experience, survival craft launch, Coastguard display, and the ever popular raft races. It is also hoped that a Rescue helicopter may also put in an appearance.

On the quayside there will be the usual charity stalls, teas and other food outlets run by the service clubs and others. For the youngsters there will be a sand castle competition and fancy dress parade to pick out the best Viking plus the ever popular bouncy castles and much more.

Harbour set up

Harbour set up

The event flyover says: The money raised from today’s event will be split between the three service clubs (Rotary, Lions & Round Table) charity accounts. With the funds being distributed to local good causes.

“Building on last year’s programme and success we hope to bring you a bigger and better festival with lots of activities for you to take part in and watch. We have been helped by a number of organisations and would like to record our appreciation for their help.”