Sea Fest will step back in time

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‘A Day at the Seaside’ is what is in store when Arbroath’s annual Sea Fest begins tomorrow (Saturday) and runs right through the weekend.

The theme of this year’s event honours the town’s status as a highly popular 1950s and ‘60s seaside holiday resort.

And with so much to see and do over the weekend, the organising committee are hoping it will bring out both locals and visitors alike.

“The history of the town and the people of Arbroath is entwined with the sea,” said Peter Donald, who is a member of Arbroath Sea Fest committee, organisers of the highly-successful annual event.

“So many families in and around Arbroath have a link to the sea and it’s a link that, even if it’s several generations back, they’re very proud of.

“The sea was – and still is - a major part of Arbroath and we always ensure this connection is celebrated at Sea Fest in as many ways as possible.”

Notable visitors to this year’s event will be the Reaper as well as fishing boat St Vincent and 60-year-old vessel, Britannia.

At this year’s Sea Fest there will be a stall selling fresh fish and seafood and another selling Arbroath Smokies made in the traditional way.

On both days of Sea Fest, the RNLI Lifeboat will be launched down the slipway and into the sea where the crew will perform a rescue demonstration.

There will also be a demonstration of coracle making, a boatbuilding technique dating back to the Bronze Age, by Kevin Grimley, a coracle maker based in Leicestershire.

In addition, and weather permitting, boat trips will be on offer from several local pleasure boats.

Amongst the trips on offer will be tours of the Arbroath coastline and out to the Bell Rock Lighthouse by Arbroath Sea Safari, as well as trips to the cliffs on Girl Katherine.

Admission prices for Sea Fest are £3 for adults, £2 concessions, under 5s free and £2 for car parking.