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Summer festival gets officially underway

SUNSHINE, music and smiles helped to usher in Annan The History Town’s summer festival at the weekend.

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By Zac Hannay
Annan and Eskdale
Summer festival gets officially underway

The group launched their event at the Quarter Cake Cafe on Saturday.

A jubilee tree planting ceremony kicked off the 2022 festivities, with new deputy lord lieutenant for Dumfriesshire, and Annan businessman, Hardip Atwal presiding over the event.

Pipers and the Uke Akimbo ukelele band from Brampton provided music on the day, while entertainment for the kids included face painting.

There was a good turnout in the glorious sunshine to watch Hardip give a short speech and he was then joined by Annan Riding of the Marches Cornet Oran Keenan and Councillor Richard Brodie to plant a tree in the grounds of the cafe and mark the start of the festival.

The festival is bookended with Riding of the Marches and will conclude with the Annan Harbour Festival at the end of August. It includes a series of events throughout the summer with various organisations and venues in and around the town getting involved. It is hoped that local people, businesses and visitors will benefit.

TREE PLANTING . . . at the launch on Saturday a Rowan tree was planted to mark the Queen’s Jubilee by left to right: Richard Brodie, Depute Lord Lieutenant Hardip Atwal performing his very first duty in the role, and Annan Cornet Oran Keenan