Pipe band will breathe life into MOKFest Saturday

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In a change of format, Kintyre Schools Pipe Band (KSPB) will kickstart Saturday’s entertainment during this year’s Mull of Kintyre Music Festival (MOKFest).

The afternoon, on August 24, will now begin with a performance by the band, after which members will march up Main Street and along Longrow before turning up Well Close to open the Up The Close event in the grounds of Springbank Distillery.

This will replace the festival parade, which has been postponed this year as there were not enough floats and participants to take part.

A spokesperson for the festival said: ‘We are disappointed that the parade will not go ahead this year but fully understand that many groups and organisations are finding it hard to find time.

‘We are keen to keep a spectacle and presence on the Main Street on the Saturday afternoon and are delighted that KSPB have agreed to perform at the head of the quay before making their way through the streets to open Up The Close at Springbank Distillery.’

The open-air event will still go ahead the same as last year with a new hope?, Gubbed, we.R.soul, Funky Chicken, Steps and Dance Legacy taking part.

There will also be the usual community group, craft and food stalls from 1pm to 4.30pm.

Tickets for this year’s concerts involving Manran, Dougie MacLean, Glenfinnan Ceilidh Band, Chris Stout and Catriona McKay, Ainsley Hamill, Heron Valley and Slainte Davaar Allstars are available locally from AP Taylor, Main Street, Campbeltown, online at www.ticketweb.com or by phoning 08444 771000.

Festival organisers can be contacted by email at mokfest@hotmail.co.uk.

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