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Nicky MacLennan, Aileen MacLennan and Chris Doxsey, with Isaac Doxsey and Harris MacLennan, front.

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Carnival fever came to Campbeltown as hundreds of people lined the streets for Carni-West.

Mull of Kintyre Music Festival’s inaugural parade proved popular and many people seem to be in favour of Doon The Green’s move Up The Close.

After disappointment last year when the parade was called off at the last minute, festival organisers were adamant it would go ahead this year, whatever the weather.

The decision paid off as it was dry and sunny all afternoon.

A banner, held by Kirsty Cairns and Gillian MacIntyre, headed the parade and heralded the arrival of a contingent of pipers, dancers, classic Minis, vintage tractors, special guests Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble and more.

The parade passed through Main Street before turning up Longrow towards Springbank Distillery, the new location for Saturday afternoon’s events.

The Courier asked some revellers if they preferred the distillery’s tarmac ground or Kinloch Green’s grassy landscape and many admitted they preferred the harder surface underfoot.

Various stalls lined the square while Treble Trouble and Deep Joy provided the soundtrack.

Other entertainment came from Footnotes Dance Company, Steps dance group and more.

There was hot food and a drinks tents to keep the punters in good spirits throughout the afternoon, with the rain only beginning to spit at 5pm, just in time for party-goers moving on.

Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble were guests on the Carni-West parade. 50_c33carniwestclose02

Scottish and European drum major champion Liam Renton leads pipers and drummers ‘up the close’ to Springbank Distillery. 50_c33carniwestclose07

Members of Footnotes Dance Company took part in the parade and performed at Springbank. 50_c33carniwestclose08

Barney Rubble, otherwise known as Arthur Crossan, keeps the youngsters entertained. 50_c33carniwestclose10

Cameron Campbell and Vee Sheldrick of Deep Joy belting out disco classics. 50_c33carniwestclose11

The square was packed with revellers of all ages. 50_c33carniwestclose12

Kelsey Brown and Simon Green with their son Kian. 50_c33carniwestclose13

Sisters Maureen Paterson, Jessie Hastie and Margaret McMillan enjoyed the sunshine. 50_c33carniwestclose14

Nicky MacLennan, Aileen MacLennan and Chris Doxsey, with Isaac Doxsey and Harris MacLennan, front. 50_c33carniwestclose15