After several months work here in Scotland The Scottish Traditional Boat Festival is delighted to announce we have secured funding to progress the North Sea Ring, with support from Event Scotland and Aberdeenshire Council. But we are only one among the many organisations we hope will join in the development of the Ring.
So, who are we? The Scottish Traditional Boat Festival (www.stbfportsoy.com) is a registered charity which for 21 years has been holding a Festival which sets out to encapsulate the maritime and rural heritage of the North East of Scotland. The dates for this year’s event are 27th-29th June. The Festival company restored and operates the historic Salmon Bothy at Portsoy (www.salmonbothy.org.uk), operates boat building and restoration courses for children and young adults and is currently building a full size wooden coble. It is also restoring a building by the harbour at Portsoy to provide a permanent workshop for traditional boat building and restoration, and The PORT Boatshed (www.stbfport.org) will be opened at this year’s Festival.
Since January there has been an overwhelmingly positive response to the Ring, with over 40 organisations declaring their support. We hope to welcome representatives from Norway, Holland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Shetland, Orkney and mainland UK, at the inaugural meeting on 26th June this year in Portsoy, Scotland, just before our own festival weekend. The meeting will give us all a chance to meet and share our work, agree the structure of the Ring and set in motion the initial activities.
There’s also opportunities to promote and demonstrate the work of Ring members at the festival itself, to an international audience of thousands – a chance not to be missed.
So if you are interested in joining us at the start of this exciting project, reaching across the North Sea, please get in touch!