Thank You All

“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


Main Sponsors

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.


Guest ‘Sponsor’

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


Arkhouse Inn

L.Fidler & Sons

Tres Chic

Cocoa Bean Company

Stranraer Skills Station

James Runcie


Biocell Agri Ltd

NFU Mutual

Rae Painter & Decorator

Blair Biomass


Coffee Bean – Stranraer

Henry’s Bayhouse Restaurant

P.J. Patterson

North West Castle

Ryan Construction

Smith & Valentine


Galloway Bridal

Loreburn Housing Association

Custom House

R. Boyd & Son

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 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

Central Café

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

Stena Line

Dumfries and Galloway College – especially the Stranraer Campus

Stranraer Academy

All of the local primary schools

Mostly Ghostly

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:

Pam Taylor

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.

In particular:

Nick Nairn whose contribution and support before and during the Festival was outstanding and much appreciated.

SamSam Bubbleman

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 –( 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 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








…and the Festival Delivery Team