Music, markets and memories at Anster Harbour Festival

Anster Fisher Lad and Lass, Molly Scott and Adam Lockhart, at the Harbour Festival. (Picture supplied)
Anster Fisher Lad and Lass, Molly Scott and Adam Lockhart, at the Harbour Festival. (Picture supplied)
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Anster Harbour Festival hit its stride this year, with a packed programme and summer weather attracting the crowds.

New this year was a spectacular firework display on Saturday night and the revived historic Anster Fair, which brought traders from near and far.

Anster Harbour Festival fireworks display. (Picture supplied.)

Anster Harbour Festival fireworks display. (Picture supplied.)

There was a crowded harbour for the Anster Muster, with dozens of vessels arriving on Friday and staying over the weekend.

Two festival marquees proved to be popular places for browsing, eating and drinking.

Music played a big part in the weekend. The City of St Andrews Pipe Band got the celebrations under way in rousing fashion, while the ceilidh on Saturday night was the perfect backdrop for first class country dancing by the Dundedin Dancers. A highlight of the day was a performance by Waid Academy ceilidh band Mearsach and the weekend finished on a high note with music from Uncle Red.

The Reaper herring drifter brought ashore this year’s Fisher Lad and Lass, Adam Lockhart and Molly Scott.

A trader at the Anster Market. (Picture: Peter Adamson)

A trader at the Anster Market. (Picture: Peter Adamson)

There was also lots of fun and competition in the Community Challenge rowing regatta, won by Anstruther Fish Bar.

On Sunday, the memorial service commemorating the 1918 Battle of the Isle of May paid respects to those who had lost their lives at sea.

(Supplied pictures by Susan MacNaughton.)

The City of St Andrews Pipe Band open proceedings at Anster Harbour Festival. (Picture supplied.)

The City of St Andrews Pipe Band open proceedings at Anster Harbour Festival. (Picture supplied.)

The model boat display. (Picture: Peter Adamson)

The model boat display. (Picture: Peter Adamson)

Music at the Harbour Festival. (Picture by Peter Adamson.)

Music at the Harbour Festival. (Picture by Peter Adamson.)

Savannah and Sierra Sturrock at Anstruther Harbour Festival. (Picture: Peter Adamson)

Savannah and Sierra Sturrock at Anstruther Harbour Festival. (Picture: Peter Adamson)

Enjoying a trip at the Harbour Festival. (Picture: Peter Adamson.)

Enjoying a trip at the Harbour Festival. (Picture: Peter Adamson.)

Visitors to the revived Anster Market. (Picture: Peter Adamson)

Visitors to the revived Anster Market. (Picture: Peter Adamson)

Two of the teams get ready to race in the Community Challenge. (Picture - supplied.)

Two of the teams get ready to race in the Community Challenge. (Picture - supplied.)

The Community Challenge winning team from Anstruther Fish Bar. (Picture: supplied.)

The Community Challenge winning team from Anstruther Fish Bar. (Picture: supplied.)