District News, June 17 2022

Tarbert's Seafood Festival Queen Keira Guy, accompanied by her Princesses Macey Fair and Caelyn Graham, will lead the festivities.

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Tarbert

Seafood festival to return bigger and better in 2022

If you are looking for a fantastic weekend of family fun, laughter, entertainment and music, which also caters for seafood lovers, then make a date with Tarbert Seafood Festival from July 2 – 3.

Having been cancelled for the last two years, this year’s festival is back bigger and better than ever.

However, the traditional aspects of the festival continue, with this year’s Seafood Queen Keira Guy accompanied by her Princesses Caelyn Graham and Macey Fair leading the festivities.

It all starts on the Saturday morning, with stalls lining the harbourside, selling everything from crafts to tasty treats, before the official part of the day takes place – the crowning of the Seafood Queen.

Don’t miss the legendary Seafood Festival parade – or come and join in – the theme this year is ‘down on the farm’.

Street entertainers will make sure Saturday afternoon is full of surprises and, of course, there will be lots of seafood on offer – both to buy from stalls or to sample from local hotels and restaurants.

There will also be cooking demonstrations to help folk brush up their culinary skills.

And that’s not all – dancing shoes will be required as Beer on the Pier bursts back onto the stage for Seafood Festival Sunday.

This year, the festival welcomes back crowd favourites The Democrats and Feeva, and introduces a tribute act to Robbie Williams and Freddie Mercury – so singing voices will also be required.

Tarbert Seafood Festival is one of the most anticipated events on the festival calendar, so go along to find out why.

Jura

Jura campaigns to improve lifeline links

When George Orwell was looking for somewhere to write his novel 1984, he chose the Isle of Jura because it was ‘un-getatable’.

The lessons of Orwell’s book are still proving true 70 years later, but so, it seems, is his observation about Jura.

Getting on or off the island can still be a challenge for its 200 permanent residents and many thousands of visitors each year.

As reported in May, problems with the council-run Jura-Islay ferry were getting too much for the island’s growing population and businesses.

The Jura Development Trust (JDT) and Jura Community Council have now compiled a report on how Jura’s ‘crumbling’ transport infrastructure is challenging its growth and they are appealing to agencies for help to make it better.

The JDT report looks into each of the island’s five lifeline transport links: its one road, its council-run Jura-Islay ferry, the CalMac ferry between the mainland and Islay, the flights from Islay to Glasgow, and the buses connecting these.

Any link in the chain can break and some are not linking up at all, with costly consequences for travellers.

The survey represents the views of 103 individuals and 22 businesses – almost 50 per cent of the island population – and reports on the gaps in services, and their impact on lives and livelihoods.

‘As a community,’ they say, ‘we are asking Argyll and Bute Council, Transport Scotland, CalMac and Loganair to work collaboratively to plan and deliver policies which will more adequately serve Jura residents and businesses’.

They call for ‘faster and better connected transport links between Jura and Islay, as well as Jura and the mainland’.

They ask for ‘more adequate infrastructure to accommodate the projected 28 per cent population growth and the increase in visitors to the island’ and for ‘more adequate support systems for crew and staff on the ground’.

Responding broadly to the report, an Argyll and Bute spokesperson said: ‘It’s fantastic to see Jura growing as a community, and we will continue to support residents and businesses as much as funding allows.’