“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
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.
Paddy McMurray for travelling from Toronto as World Shucking Champion to judge our competition
The Big Bash Sponsors
Coffee Bean – Stranraer
Henry’s Bayhouse Restaurant
North West Castle
Audi (lookers) Glasgow
R and S Windows and Doors
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 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
Massimo Lisi of Port Patrick’s Mount Stewart Hotel
Adam Chung – The Meeting Place
Executive Chef David Alexander from Glenapp Castle
Local Business Sponsors
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
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.
Drum for Fun – Stranraer’s African Drumming Group
All of the local primary schools
Solway Firth Partnership
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
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
Penkiln Sawmill: Wigtown
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.
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 –(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
Caroline Smith – Peninsula Design
Festival Press Launch
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
ROMANO PETRUCCI (Chairman)