North East MSP Christian Allard will join hundreds of visitors at the 21st Scottish Traditional Boat Festival in Portsoy this weekend.
Mr Allard, who attends the festival every year with his grandchildren, will be attending the celebration of maritime and cultural history on Saturday, June 28.
This year’s festival will take place over three days from Friday, June 27 (today) to Sunday, June 29, and will feature a unique blend of local history, creativity, activities as well as showcasing some fantastic locally produced food and drink.
To celebrate Scotland’s second Year of Homecoming the theme of this year’s festival will put special focus on attracting participants and audiences from further afield, both nationally and internationally.
Commenting, Mr Allard said: “It is always a pleasure to go along to the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival at Portsoy. It is a fantastic festival that does an excellent job of highlighting the talent, expertise and effort that goes into some of the traditional trades in the North-east.
“Fishing in the North East is a vital industry with a proud tradition. This is a great opportunity for people from far and wide to come and find out why the fishing industry means so much to coastal communities across the region.
“As always there will be plenty of local food and drink on offer so I would encourage people to come along and try some – buy local and eat Scottish.”