“The Stranraer Development Trust Board Members wish to extend sincere thanks to all involved in supporting this event, whether through funding, major sponsorship, sponsorship in kind or in time, or through positive word of mouth; every single gesture of support has been greatly appreciated by all involved, in enabling what we are told has been a remarkable success for Stranraer and South West Scotland.”
Trust Chairman: Romano Petrucci
Our sincere thanks therefore to the following:
European Maritime Fisheries Fund
Dumfries and Galloway Council
The Big Lottery Fund
The Holywood Trust
The Scottish Government
Kilgallioch Community Trust
R&S Window and Door Centre – The Big Oyster Bash
Audi Lookers Glasgow
Seafood from Scotland – Staging the Scottish Championship Oyster Shucking Championship
Loch Ryan Oyster Fishery Company Ltd.
Ben Wallace, Tristan Hugh-Jones plus Rab Lamont and John Mills – the crew of oyster boat, ‘The Vital Spark’ and the many LRFC ‘hands on deck’ for a million things including staging their spectacular Oyster Bar with such zest and vigour and assisting greatly in the delivery of our educational programmes to our local schools.
Stranraer’s North West Castle Hotel
For their glamorous staging and excellent staffing of the The Big Oyster Bash, provision of complimentary rooms for Festival guests.
South West Group – Ricky Graham and his team for donating key equipment for on-site electricity plus professional festival staffing before and throughout the weekend.
Paddy McMurray for travelling from Toronto as World Shucking Champion to judge our competition
The Big Bash Sponsors
R&S Windows and Doors
Audi Lookers Glasgow
L.Fidler & Sons
Cocoa Bean Company
Stranraer Skills Station
Biocell Agri Ltd
Rae Painter & Decorator
Coffee Bean – Stranraer
Henry’s Bayhouse Restaurant
North West Castle
Smith & Valentine
Loreburn Housing Association
R. Boyd & Son
John Weatherby and team from Sound Sense Moffat/Dumfries for P.A system
South West Scotland’s multi-award-winning chefs for their terrific cookery demonstrations, classes and related events – packed to the gunwales!
Head Chef David Alexander of Glenapp Castle
John (Giant Paella!) Henry – Henry’s Bay Restaurant
Chef Instructor at Dumfries and Galloway College, Tony Budde for his cookery classes, demos and educational workshops with local schools
Head Chef Douglas Lisi of Sandhead’s Tigh Na Mara Hotel
…and all of our supporters
Hugh Aitken Jewellers
Lidl, Morrisons and Tesco – Stranraer
Wigtownshire Free Press
Dumfries & Galloway Life Magazine
Our Heroic Volunteers
To every single one of our volunteers, aged eight to eighty – without whom this event would simply not have been possible. We simply cannot thank you enough.
Valuable Contributions also from:
Sandy McKnight with his “Ode to the Oyster”
Kenny Boag – our fabulous festival compere
Galloway Action Team
Newton Stewart Music Festival
Rhins Men’s Shed
Community Re-use Shop Stranraer
Top of the Town
Dumfries and Galloway College – especially the Stranraer Campus
All of the local primary schools
Drum for Fun – Stranraer’s African Drumming Group
Linda Irving Felt Artist
Police Scotland Youth Volunteers
The Princes Trust
The Ryan Centre
The Salvation Army
Solway Firth Partnership
Thanks also to:
Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Stranraer-based staff
The Community Police
Stranraer Cubs and Beavers
ALL the professional comperes, artistes, musicians/bands, entertainers and tutors as well as volunteer performers and bands as specifically listed in our online festival programme.
Nick Nairn whose contribution and support before and during the Festival was outstanding and much appreciated.
Chef and compere: Marie-Clare James
Kathleen McClenegan for her memorable performance of Caledonia at The Big Oyster Bash
Harrison Gibb Piper for leading our oyster procession
Loch Ryan Pipe Band
The Blue Bombshells
Festival Market Traders
Thank you to all our stall-holders –(see.www.stranraeroysterfestival.com/festivalmarket) for their days of preparation and their resultant wares – promoting the very best of our region’s local food, drink, other produce and creativity to the thousands who visited from near and far.
Marketing – Press/Media – Graphic Design: Indigo Words/Lorna Young – with Findlay Design Dumfries
Sign & Banner Production: WBS Signs
Festival Website: Caroline Smith – Peninsula Design
Festival Tshirts: Scot Signs
Festival Photographer: Pete Robinson
Music Management: Stranraer Music Town
And to anyone whom we may inadvertently, have omitted, this doesn’t mean that you were any less important, only that our brains are failing us!
Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.
The work for Stranraer Oyster Festival 2019 now begins!
Stranraer Development Trust Board Members
ROMANO PETRUCCI (Chairman)
…and the Festival Delivery Team