Counting down to the 2012 Arbroath Sea Fest

With Arbroath Sea Fest less than two weeks away, preparations are about to begin to transform Arbroath Harbour into the venue for one of the most popular annual events along the east coast of Scotland.

This year’s Sea Fest, which is being held on Saturday and Sunday, August 4 and 5, has a 1940s theme.

As Sea Fest weekend approaches, several historic fishing boats will soon be sailing into the harbour, including the North East Maritime Trust’s Sovereign, Favourite and Rachel Douglas, which are very similar to the boats which fished out of Arbroath Harbour in the 1940s.

“These boats are among perhaps only ten survivors of their type and have been extensively restored to how they looked sixty years ago, when nearly all our harbours had a fleet of these seine or ring netters,” said Peter Weightman of North East Maritime Trust.

In addition, there will be a Wartime Canteen, manned by Arbroath Abbey Timethemes members in World War 2 uniforms, and a display of 1940s’ vehicles and wartime artefacts, courtesy of Strathmore Vintage Vehicle Club and Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre.

Gates open at 10 am on Saturday, August 4 and 11 am on Sunday, August 5, with the admission charge of £3 (children under the age of five free) including children’s activities such as free face painting, the chance to see birds of prey at close quarters and fascinating tales from the Blether Tay-gither story-tellers.

Other highlights include the launch of the Arbroath Lifeboat at 2.30 pm on Saturday and Sunday, freshly-smoked Arbroath Smokies and, as always, a great selection of stalls, demonstrations and funfair rides.