Stevenson’s delight over Portsoy Boat Festival award

Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson has expressed his delight after the hugely popular Portsoy Scottish Traditional Boat Festival won the Best Cultural Event category of VisitScotland’s Scottish Thistle Awards regional finals.

The winners of the regional finals will now face off for the national awards event which will be held in November.

Commenting, Mr Stevenson said: “The Traditional Boat Festival has been going from strength to strength in recent years and winning this award is the perfect recognition of that fact. Like so many other residents of Banffshire and Buchan Coast, attending the festival has become something I look forward to immensely.

“Scooping this award is testament to the hard work and dedication that the team behind the festival put in to the event and I offer them my warm congratulations on their success. I’m sure it will put a spring in everybody’s step as this year’s festival draws closer.

“I know that everybody in Banffshire and Buchan Coast will be rooting for them to go on and claim the national award in this category later this year.”