Banffshire Coast News

Homes sought for visitors to boat festival

Householders living on the doorstep of Portsoy's Scottish Traditional Boat Festival are being asked to help organisers accommodate what could be one of the biggest crowds in the event's history.

A huge influx of international visitors, performers and crews is expected to attend this summer's event from 27th to 29th June, and more beds are needed in the town and surrounding area to cope with demand.  Organisers are asking local residents with spare rooms if they would be prepared to open their homes to provide accommodation, and at the same time allow visitors to see Scotland through the eyes of people who live and work here.

The event has been expanded from 2 to 3 days, and the launch of the North Sea Ring - a new organisation which aims to bring together groups from across Europe with a common interest in boatbuilding and maritime traditions - will lead to an increase in overseas visitors.  There will also be a greater number of heritage vessels on show in the historic 17th century harbour, and a large contingent of coastal rowing clubs from across the UK taking part in the regatta.

The festival is one of the main events in the Year of Homecoming 2014 which aims to celebrate all that is great about Scotland.

Anyone who is prepared to host visitors during the festival should contact Shona Murray (01261 842951) or e-mail her on shona@stbfportsoy.com.

For more information about the event and to buy tickets at early bird rates, visit www.stbfportsoy.com


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