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Musical son of Portsoy returns to his spiritual home to play at Scottish Traditional Boat Festival

A musician who was in a pop band that achieved chart successes in the 1980s has revealed that he is returning to his Banffshire roots – after taking his band back to his home town to play at this year’s Scottish Traditional Boat Festival. Dexys Midnight Runners achieved two number one hits, the best known of which ‘Come On Eileen’ remains a powerful dance floor filler to this day. ‘Big’

June 14th, 2016|

Viking Visit Veto – Call To Prime Minister To Repeal Legislation Barring Vikings From North-East Scotland

An urgent call has been made to Prime Minister David Cameron to repeal legislation that prevents Vikings from visiting the North-east of Scotland – in time for the arrival of a delegation of Vikings who are to be special guests at this year’s Scottish Traditional Boat Festival. Organisers of one of Scotland’s largest maritime events have made a formal approach to Mr Cameron after an ancient law banishing Vikings from

June 9th, 2016|

Coble To Be Named At Boat Festival

After two and a half years of hard work, the Coble Project volunteers will be delighted that you will be able to see the result of their labours safely berthed in the Old Harbour at this year’s Scottish Traditional Boat Festival. Bringing this special boat to completion has demanded dedication and perseverance, not to mention a large helping of optimism and single mindedness. None of the volunteers had previously attempted

May 24th, 2016|

Scottish Traditional Boat Festival Secures ACE Deal

Organisers of a popular maritime festival have announced a significant financial sponsorship deal with local engineering firm ACE Winches, securing the immediate future of the Festival.   The Scottish Traditional Boat Festival, held annually in Portsoy, brings together in excess of 16,000 people over the weekend, with a steadily growing number of international visitors, generating £1 million for the local economy. The Festival, now in its 23rd year, is considered

March 28th, 2016|

Portsoy goes bananas with fruity ban

A ban on bananas has been imposed in a small Scottish town as it prepares for its biggest weekend of the year – the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Traditional Boat Festival. Superstitious seafarers regard bananas as bad luck on board boats and festival organisers have come up with the unusual move to ward off any potential misfortune to the North-east’s biggest maritime celebration, which takes place in Portsoy on July

June 18th, 2015|

From Sailing Boats To Social Enterprise – The Incredible Journey of Scotland’s Leading Maritime Festival

When the residents of a coastal community staged a celebration to mark the 300th anniversary of their historic harbour 20 years ago, the social enterprise movement in the UK was only just starting to stir. As the volunteers erected bunting around the village of Portsoy on the Aberdeenshire coast, they had no idea that two decades later their low-key celebration would grow with that movement and harness business principles as

June 16th, 2013|