Harbour Festival goes on with show despite the weather

Anstruther Harbour Festival
Anstruther Harbour Festival

Even the best laid plans are at the mercy of a Scottish ‘summer’ and the weather cast a shadow over Anstruther Harbour Festival and Muster at the weekend.

However, while overcast skies and blustery conditions put a slight dampener on festivities on Saturday, hundreds of people turned out to enjoy the entertainment and other events over the three days.

On Friday, the pipe band march from Waid Academy to the harbour followed by a ceilidh proved very popular.

This year a marquee had been set up at the harbour and on Saturday this more than repaid the investment, providing welcome shelter for many of the activities.

“As one point we had a jazz band playing at one end and a magician entertaining children at the other, which turned out to be very successful,” said chairman Ken Lawson.

The festival also involves the Scottish Fisheries Museum, Anstruther RNLI and St Ayles Rowing Club and all had their own activities.

The museum’s Food From Fife cooking demonstrations were popular, attracting around 50 people to its morning session alone, while the RNLI’s kipper and burger barbeque provided a welcome heat against the wind, raising more than £1100 on the day for the lifeboat station.

The rowing club was firmly on dry land, displaying the skiffs it uses for racing and also a skiff under construction.

The poor sailing conditions kept numbers down for the annual muster, with around 30 boats taking part.

Another new event this year was a harbour church service on Sunday morning, which attracted around 130 worshippers.

“While we did have problems with the weather, overall it was a big success,” said 

Next year’s festival will be held over the last weekend in May, which be more suitable for displays by the RNLI and sailing club on the water and also allow more involvement with local schools.