Har­bour fes­ti­val

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Sharon Lip­trott

Wa­ter­side fun was enjoyed by all at An­nan Har­bour on Satur­day.

For the sec­ond year in a row the An­nan Har­bour Ac­tion Group de­cided to hold its fes­ti­val in Septem­ber rather than May and the late high tide max­imised op­por­tu­ni­ties for vis­i­tors to get out on the wa­ter.

There was the op­por­tu­nity to try row­ing one of the two St Ayles Sk­iffs, cre­ated by vol­un­teers and the ac­tion group, or take a trip in a rib while RNLI from Sil­loth brought along their lifeboat and Coast­guard rep­re­sen­ta­tives were also there, pro­mot­ing their life­sav­ing work and equip­ment.

Youngs Seafoods fi­nan­cial ac­coun­tant Jennifer Howat­son of­fi­cially opened the fes­ti­val which in­cluded en­ter­tain­ment quay­side stalls.

The ac­tion group, which has char­i­ta­ble sta­tus, has had a busy year host­ing the first An­nan Re­gatta in July along with a re-en­act­ment of the Bell Raid and the launch of the new skiff – Pride of the Sol­way.

A ma­jor project to record the town’s fish­ing her­itage, called “Ebb and Flow: The Fish­eries of An­nan”, is un­der way with the help of a £4,900 Lot­tery boost.

Over the next few years it is also planned to en­gage with schools, the coun­cil, agen­cies and or­gan­i­sa­tions to in­volve young peo­ple in har­bour projects; work with the com­mu­nity and agen­cies to pro­mote the site as a hub for sail­ing, wa­ter sports, na­ture tourism and en­sure An­nan’s mar­itime her­itage is cel­e­brated.

Fes­ti­val friends Jennifer Howat­son, Richard Brodie, Chris­tine Matthews, Mal­colm Wil­lacy and Alan Thom­son

I’ve got this licked Two-year-old Emilia from An­nan en­joys an ice cream

Trea­sure chest Angie and Char­lotte Scorer and Jane Si­mons

Pop­u­lar Boat rides were enjoyed by many fes­ti­val vis­i­tors

Fes­ti­val fun Chil­dren chase the bub­bles

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