Fun and music at Arbroath Sea Fest

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Arbroath Sea Fest, to be staged on Saturday and Sunday, August 4 and 5, is one of the top events in the Angus calendar.

And there will be no shortage of things for children of all ages to see and do at this year’s celebration of the town’s maritime links.

“For the first time ever, as part of the £3 admission charge - with children under the age of five going free - we’re offering free face painting for children,” said Eleanor Whitby, event manager of Sea Fest, who added that: “We’ve 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.”

Eleanor revealed that there will be a host of children’s activities during Sea Fest, including the Blether Tay-Gither storytellers telling tales old and new, opportunities to see majestic birds of prey up close and all the fun of the fair.

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

There’s a fabulous programme of music planned for Arbroath Sea Fest.

First on the Sea Fest stage will be a group of young singers and dancers from Arbroath’s Limelight Company, who will be followed over the weekend 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 1940’s 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 Arbroath Sea Fest Committee, explained that the committee was determined Sea Fest should continue to strengthen its excellent reputation as a family-friendly event.

“Arbroath Sea Fest prides itself on providing something for everyone and this year’s programme is already shaping up to do just that,” said Cllr King. “It’s no wonder Arbroath Sea Fest attracts so many local and visiting families to the town.”For more information about Arbroath Sea Fest 2012, visit www.arbroathseafest.co.uk.