Thank You All

“The Stranraer Development Trust Board Members wish to extend sincere thanks to all involved in supporting this inaugural 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



Main Sponsors

Stena Line – The Big Oyster Bash

Seafood 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 and their printing services to the Festival.

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.


Guest ‘Sponsor’

Paddy McMurray for travelling from Toronto as World Shucking Champion to judge our competition


The Big Bash Sponsors

Stena Line

Blair Biomass


Coffee Bean – Stranraer

Henry’s Bayhouse Restaurant

P.J. Patterson

North West Castle

WBS Signs

Carpet Co

Audi (lookers) Glasgow

R and S Windows and Doors

02 Stranraer

John Weatherby and team from Sound Sense Moffat/Dumfries for P A system


Starring Chefs

South West Scotland’s multi-award-winning chefs for their terrific cookery demonstrations, classes and related events – packed to the gunwales!

Head Chefs Craig McCulloch and Ryan Halley of North West Castle Hotel

John (Giant Paella!) Henry – Henry’s Bayhouse Restaurant

Chef Instructor at Dumfries and Galloway College, Tony Budde for his cookery classes, demos and educational workshops with local schools

Douglas Lisi – Sandhead’s Tigh Na Mara Hotel

Head Chef Tony Pierce and his team from Knockinaam Lodge Hotel


Cocktail Shakers

Massimo Lisi of Port Patrick’s Mount Stewart Hotel

Adam Chung – The Meeting Place

Executive Chef David Alexander from Glenapp Castle


Local Business Sponsors

Central Café

Hugh Aitken Jewellers



Morrisons and Tesco – Stranraer – for providing food for our young volunteer teams during workshops and during the festival

Scoops and Shakes


Macmillan Cancer Support – Penny Halliday for Oyster Festival calendar


Local Media Sponsors

Wigtownshire Free Press

D & G Life


Stranraer Food and Drink Trail and Town Trail and Treasure Hunt

All businesses who contributed their invaluable support


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”

Galloway Static Fishermen’s Group – crabs and lobster for giant paella

West Coast Sea Products: Kirkcudbright  – scallops for giant paella

RSPB Shell Mobile workshops

Select Bars


Performance, Music and Media

Kathleen McClenegan for her memorable performance of Bonnie Gallowa’ at The Big Oyster Bash


Youth Management Team

Youth Performance Team and Youth Media Team

Oceanallover, Anne Barclay and Lorna Young for leading workshops with youth volunteers


Youth Guides Team – for creating a festival environment from the moment the event opened until the final end that will forever be remembered. Thank you so very much for your amazing dedication, support and professionalism.


Mostly Ghostly

Drum for Fun – Stranraer’s African Drumming Group


Police Cadets

Princes Trust



Stranraer Academy

All of the local primary schools

Solway Firth Partnership


Festival Raffles

Raffle prizes

Seafood Scotland

Loch Ryan Oyster Fishery Co.

North West Castle Hotel


Market Raffle Prizes

Crafty Scottish Distillers – main raffle sponsors

A.D. Rattray Whisky Experience and Shop

All the many others who kindly donated lovely prizes

The Millenium Centre’s Eileen Bryant for her remarkable talents as ‘raffle rabble rouser!’




Chris Hanna and The Creetown Initiative

The Police Cadets

The Princes Trust

The Ryan Centre

The Millennium Centre

The Salvation Army

St. Johns Episcopal Church

Creetown Whisky Brokers

Wigtown Food Festival

Wigtown Book Festival

Beltie Books


Thanks also to:

Wendi Cuffe and Stranraer Watersports’ Group

Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Stranraer-based staff

Team Kevin, Sandy, Chris and Panny through The Creetown Initiative for all their practical support with the market stalls

The Community Police


Park School

Penkiln Sawmill: Wigtown

Jewsons: Stranraer


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.

In particular:

Culinary Wizard Hardeep Singh Kohli whose contribution and support before and during the Festival was outstanding and much appreciated.

CBeebies Mr Bloom

Chef and compere: Marie-Clare James

Mark Williams – Galloway Wild Foods Foraging expeditions


Festival Market Traders

Thank you to all our stall-holders –( 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.


Professional Services

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 Press Launch

Kim Ayres

Event Photographers

Pete Robinson

Stephen Jolly

Ross Moffat

Martyn Toon


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 2018 now begins!

Stranraer Development Trust Board Members