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Stranraer oyster festival ‘worth £1m’

An independent study has found an oyster festival in south west Scotland generated about £1m for the economy. The second edition of the event was held in Stranraer in September and attracted 14,000 visitors. It represented a 40% rise on 2017 and the number of people...

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Autumn Events Generate £6 Million For Local Economy

A series of festivals and events in Dumfries and Galloway generated more than £6m for the local and Scottish economy in late 2018. The analysis from Dumfries and Galloway Council shows that the 20thannual Wigtown Book Festival had an economic impact of £3.75m, the...

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STRANRAER RESILIENCE FUND – FUNDING DISTRIBUTED

The SDT are delighted to provide funding to numerous organisations in the local area. We were overwhelmed with requests this year and unfortunately we couldn't provide all applicants with funding as some were unable to fulfil our specified criteria. Payments have now...

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STRANRAER IN BLOOM

We love this time of year. This is when the importance of maintaining what we have achieved is never more relevant. We are so grateful to Michael and his staff at Soleburn who look after the vast majority of our planters and have them primed to look sensational for...

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What a weekend! Official Media Release

Wow! What a weekend - read below the official media release... Organisers of the first Stranraer Oyster Festival have hailed the event a ‘massive success that exceeded all expectations’, with over 10,000 people visiting during the weekend. The three day festival saw...

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Join us for the BIG OYSTER BASH!

Don't miss out! Tickets available for the Big Oyster Bash from Hugh Aitken Jewellers, Central Cafe, McKenzies Electrical, Baxters, Cafe Pizzeria, North West Castle Hotel, and members of the Stranraer Watersports Association. Tickets can also be bought online Ticket...

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Festival Programme Launched

We're delighted to reveal our full event programme. Tickets now available to book online. Simply browse the list of festival events and OFF YOU GO!  Festival programme It's fun. It's for families, for young and for old. Much of the entertainment is free and EVERYONE...

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Scotland’s First Oyster Festival

Stranraer, in South West Scotland, is stunningly situated, around the sweeping bay at the head of Loch Ryan with beautiful views to distant Ailsa Craig, and beyond to the Irish Sea. The Stranraer Oyster Festival 2017 was inspired by the annual September harvesting of...

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It’s that time again!

Our town centre is once again looking lovely, bright and colourful with our summer plants. We've got even more planters arriving soon.  We want the town to look fabulous its 400th Royal Burgh anniversary celebrations and of course for the Stranraer Oyster Festival....

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Festival General Assistant wanted

We are looking for a temporary General Assistant to assist the Festival Officer organise the first Stranraer Oyster Festival. This is a full time but temporary position for three months commencing in July 2017 until end September 2017. Annual salary of £18,000 pro...

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**Community Engagement**

Over the past week our Youth Activities Co-ordinator, Karen O'Rourke has been working in partnership with Graeme Stewart from Police Scotland Youth Volunteer. The daily visits (6x 2hr workshops) to S2 pupils at Stranraer Academy were to educate and provide an insight to the atrocities of the Holocaust as well as focusing on issues around hate crimes. Feedback from teachers and pupils alike were positive and found the experience empowering and uplifting. In particular the Holocaust poetry writing gave the pupils a chance to showcase their creative talents. Big thank you to Mr Law and the social studies staff at the academy
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Massive thank you to Arkhouse Inn for their hospitality last night hosting our monthly board meeting.

Can only recommend their service and delicious food 😍
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