Fun and music at Arbroath Sea Fest

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SCHOOL is out for summer and if you are planning your summer holiday activities, you would be well advised to keep the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, August 4 and 5 as that is when Arbroath Sea Fest takes place.

Eleanor Whitby, event manager, stated: “For the first time ever, as part of the £3 admission charge we’re offering free face painting for children.

“We have booked a team of top-class face painters so there will be some fabulous tigers, dogs, pirates and butterflies having fun at Arbroath Harbour over the Sea Fest weekend.”

She continued: “For those children who have been studying the Second World War at school, history will come to life at this year’s Sea Fest with a Second World War canteen, 1940s vehicles, wartime artefacts from Montrose Air Station and music and songs from the 1940s.”

There is also a fabulous programme of music planned. First on the stage will be a group of young singers and dancers from Arbroath’s Limelight Company, who will be followed by, amongst others, the highly-popular Arbroath Instrumental Band and Arbroath’s top-rated Declaration Band.

The Sellars Brothers Swing Seven will turn the musical clock back to the 1940s with the sound of the big bands of the swing era, such as Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman. In addition, and in keeping with Arbroath’s seagoing traditions, Kimber’s Men, who regularly appear on television, will bring Arbroath Sea Fest to a highly-appropriate close late on Sunday afternoon with a selection of sea shanties.

Councillor Alex King, who recently rejoined the Sea Fest committee, explained that the committee was determined Sea Fest should continue to strengthen its excellent reputation as a family-friendly event.

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