Balmaha stage set for Saturday’s Weirfest family fun day

A PACKED programme of live music will entertain festival goers at this Saturday’s  (18 June)  Weirfest in Balmaha from 11am to 4pm.

The line up includes ground breaking acoustic guitarist David Allison; alternative blues singer/songwriter Dave Arcari; veteran folk singer and broadcaster Jimmie MacGregor; popular Scottish minstrel Alistair MacDonald and the colourful Loch Lomond Ukulele Orchestra.

As well as live entertainment, Scotland’s ‘red toorie hat festival’ will feature an exhibition and launch of a new Loch Lomond Wonderland booklet featuring the work of local schoolchildren and the story of Scotland’s most-loved mountain man, Tom Weir to whose memory both the festival and site are dedicated.

Other attractions at the free admission event include wildlife and toorie hat competitions, treasure trails and the chance to try traditional woodcraft whittling sticks with the Green Aspirations demonstration team. The National Trust for Scotland and RSPB will also have stands with catering provided by the team from the Oak Tree Inn.

There will also be some steamboats present in Balmaha Bay including the impressive 21 foot steam launch, Bunnahabhain.

“The hard work ahead of the festival is nearly over and we are looking forward to what should be a fantastic day out for all the family during what has so far been a great start to the summer on the weather front,” says Friends of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs chairman James Fraser.

Susan Taylor of the Tom Weir Memorial Group, adds: “The Tom Weir’s Loch Lomond Wonderland exhibition and booklet launch is one of several additions to what is already a packed programme, and we hope that visitors and residents will turn out in large numbers to enjoy a great day out on Loch Lomondside and to honour a great Scottish countryside legend.”

• For latest information and news see the Tom Weir Statue Campaign’s Facebook page.

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