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Town events enjoy boost from £140k national sum

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By Fiona Reid
Town events enjoy boost from £140k national sum

VISITORS are set to flock to Moffat this summer thanks to two major events andafestival cash boost.

Only two events in Dumfries and Galloway have nabbed a share of £140,000 from EventScotland …and they are both in Moffat.

The Eden Festival and the World Gold Panning Championships, Moffat, are two of 12 events taking place across Scotland who have received funding from EventScotland’s latest pot.

June’s Eden, which is Scotland’s second largest music festival of 2017 and is returning for its ninth instalment, received £12,500.

Eden Festival founder and head of production Adam Curtis said: “We are extremely pleased and grateful that EventScotland have supported the festival in its development and incorporation of its heritage.

“With the funding we will be constructing ‘The Great Mountain Stage’ which is modelled on the Motte of Urr in the Haugh of Urr. The new stage will feature a fantastic selection of traditional Scottish musicians from folk, classical, Celtic and acoustic music.”

And August in Moffat should prove just as busy thanks to the World Gold Panning Championships, taking place from August 7 to 12, which has been gifted £10,500.

It is the first time the event has been hosted in the Dumfries and Galloway town and will see competitors from around the world pan for gold in specially made pools for the chance to become World Champion.

Chairman of Moffat Gold 2017 Richard Deighton said: “We would like to thank EventScotland for their generous support, which will be invaluable in ensuring we have the necessary infrastructure needed to run the World Gold Panning Championships 2017.

“This prestigious international sporting event will see gold panners and prospectors from all over the world descending on Moffat from Monday August 7 until Saturday August 12.

“Participants will be competing to find gold from native sand and gravel in a record time for the chance to becomeaWorld Champion.”

He added: “Moffat will be the most vibrant place in southern Scotland, and Hope Johnstone Park will be buzzing with children’s entertainers, a free gold panning school, a variety of stalls, and entertainment each evening.”


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