Festival organisers ask homeowners to be accomodating

The countdown to the annual festival has begun.
The countdown to the annual festival has begun.

Householders living on the doorstep of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Traditional Boat Festival are being asked to help organisers accommodate what could be one of the biggest crowds in the event’s history.

A huge influx of international visitors, performers and crews is expected to attend this summer’s event in Portsoy, Aberdeenshire, on June 27 to 29, and more beds are needed in the town and surrounding area to cope with demand.

Portsoy’s population swells to around 16,000 during the Festival weekend, with hotels, guest houses and campsites right along the coastal strip usually full to capacity. Scottish Traditional Boat Festival chairman Roger Goodyear says that 2014 could produce one of the biggest ever crowds.

Mr Goodyear adds: “We’ve been very lucky to have the help of local residents in offering rooms to crews and performers in the past, but we need even more people to come forward this year to help make our visitors feel at home.

“VisitScotland is currently running a campaign called Meet the Scots to try and encourage visitors to see the country through the eyes of people who live here, but hopefully we can go one better and offer our visitors a chance to live with the Scots.

“People in Portsoy and the surrounding areas are renowned for being welcoming and friendly – it’s one of the reasons that people return to the Festival time and time again – and we are asking them to help out if they can.”

Anyone who is prepared to host visitors during the Festival should contact Shona Murray by calling 01261 842951 or email shona@stbfportsoy.com. The Scottish Traditional Boat Festival takes place in June.