Crowds net first pink gin at Carradale Harbour Day

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Words and pictures Hannah O’Hanlon

Beinn an Tuirc Distillers’ pink gin was officially launched at Carradale Harbour Day.

Visitors to the Carradale Harbour Enterprises Ltd fundraiser netted the very first bottles of the rosy liquor to be sold, with customers limited to one bottle each to ensure there was enough to go around.

The harbour-side event was packed and visitors basked in glorious sunshine, despite some ominous weather forecasts and conflicting events.

A previously unnamed pop-up bar, the Clam Dredge, in addition to Beinn an Tuirc Distillers’ bar, ensured everyone was well lubricated.

The usual stalls, including the RNLI and local crafters, kept people entertained, as 165 burgers were cooked and filled rolls were served.

A fortune teller sweltered inside a mysterious tent, reading tarot cards, for the second year in a row, while the scouts offered balloon modelling and face painting for the first time.

More fun for youngsters included launching their own wooden boats, which they could keep, aided by a glass bottle, into a paddling pool.

Joiner Stewart MacAlister provided the hull for each model with John Porter completing each boat.

Alan Milstead, chairman of the enterprise group, thanked both for their hard work on the models.

The event made about £800 and, this year, the money will go to Carradale Community Trust for general projects in the village.

Smoke rose from the barbecue as people dipped their toes in the sea to cool down. 50_c33harbourday01

Alan Milstead, centre, chairman of CHEL, with Douglas and Margaret Brown who served up sizzling burgers. 50_c33harbourday02

Bruce McQuarrie and Kim Norton manned the ‘launch your own boat’ stall. 50_c33harbourday03

The wooden models sat behind the backdrop of real vessels. 50_c33harbourday04

Emma Macalister Hall transforms two-year-old Isla Harper into a cat. 50_c33harbourday05

Hilary Lord kept the RNLI stall afloat. 50_c33harbourday06

Fortune teller Eleanor Sloan read tarot cards inside a sweltering tent. 50_c33harbourday07

Tracey Muscroft sold the first ever bottles of Beinn an Tuirc Distillers’ pink gin alongside distillery director Niall Macalister Hall. 50_c33harbourday09

Jenna Campbell and Trish Collins pose with Trish’s pirate dog Minni. 50_c33harbourday10

Barman Ian McGhie stands outside newly named bar, The Clam Dredge. 50_c33harbourday11