Downpours fail to dampen festival spirit at Auchtermuchty

Auchtermuchty pram race
Auchtermuchty pram race

DESPITE the torrential downpours which caused the cancellation of ‘Sunday Funday’, pram race, sausage sizzle and bus trip to M&D’s, this year’s Auchtermuchty Festival still managed to draw the crowds with a feast of music, dance and other attractions.

With the weather brightening for the weekend, the traditional music festival was well attended.

Visitors and residents alike enjoyed listening to a variety of music and storytelling from a long list of guests.

Festival secretary Eric Titterington said festival-goers also enjoyed ceilidh music from the Gary Sutherland band, plus ceilidh and highland dancing, singing competitions and stories in the Scots tongue in various venues across the village.

The pageant held on the open air stage in the square attracted around 1000 people who watched Jackie Brand pipe the children through the village and on to the stage.

The highlight of Sunday night he said, was ‘Citty’s concert’ held in honour of the late Citty Finlayson, the festival’s traditional music convener.

The music festival also co-incided with a flower festival in the parish church and St Serf’s market which saw many local groups take stalls to raise funds.

Thanking everyone who attended and those who took part, Mr Titterington said organisers were grateful to Fife Animal Park near Collessie for offering camping and caravan facilities to those who were unable to stay at Low Road or Station Park due to flooding.