June date for second Weirfest

BALMAHA’S second annual Weirfest is set to take place on Saturday 18 June.

Following the success of last year’s inaugral event, Weirfest and Scotland’s Red Toorie Hat Festival will once again celebrate Scotland’s most-loved mountain man Tom Weir

Last year’s family fun day of music, competitions, cooking and outdoor craft demonstrations, was a hit with visitors to his iconic statue at Balmaha bay – this year. organisers expect the new date, closer to the school summer holidays and at a warmer time of the year, will help build on last year’s success,

A music line up will feature Scottish singer Alistair MacDonald and a host of other acts to be announced soon…plus a variety of exciting craft and food stalls to ensure there’s something for everyone.

Admission and car parking will be free but donations can be made to maintain and improve the site.

Susan Taylor, administrator of the Tom Weir Memorial Group, says: “Last year’s Weirfest was a huge success, surpassing everybody’s expectations for an event being held for the first time.

“This year we hope we can build on that and make Scotland’s Red Toorie Hat Festival even more of a key event in celebrating the life and work of Scotland’s most loved mountain man.

James Fraser, chairman of Friends of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs, adds: “After much planning and hard work by a dedicated team of volunteers, the inaugural Weirfest ticked all the boxes last year and it was something we did not hesitate to plan a repeat of in 2016.

“Hopefully, with the proven success of the event, even more visitors will come along and pay tribute to Tom and perhaps join nearly 100,000 people who have already been to visit the statue since it was unveiled in December 2014.

“We are extremely confident we can make this year’s Red Toorie Hat Festival even bigger, brighter and bolder this time around and anybody who wishes to help us achieve this goal is welcome to get in touch.”

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