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ABEIilillllli FESTIVAL Sat 31 -Sat 7. Various venues around Aberdour. Programme irom 0383 860153. it’s a lite on the estuary wave on Saturday as the iestival gets olt to a watery start with a regatta in Aberdour Harbour and on the Forth Estuary. Make sure you take a spare change of clothing though, as the prizes will look rather tempting, and it you don’t win the greasy pole event then it’s “water way to go’, and other such awiul puns. Sunday sees a ‘poems and pints’ evening in the Aberdour llotel, perionnances will start out casual, lyric tans, and no doubt become dlshevelled as the evening wears on. Get out that earth moving equipment tor Monday’s Sandcastle Competition on West Sands Beach (10.30am-noon), although the real competition will no doubt go on late into the
his weapon. the hapless soldier was supposed to get the bayonet out of his pocket and onto his gun while the Highlanders were charging at him down the hill. Needless to say. many turned tail and ran for it. 2000 died by the sword or were drowned trying to traverse the river. This National Trust for Scotland property has an interesting visitors centre with all the usual home baking and ﬁlled rolls.
I VINTAGE VEHICLE HALLY Dundee. Sun 15, 11am—4pm. Camperdown Country Park, Dundee. Free (car park 50p). Nineteen classes of vehicular transport are in competition for the prizes. including ancient motors and motorbikes built before I930. buses, stationary engines. customised vehicles and tomorrow‘s classics. Wander round the cars or browse through the auto-jumble. Entertainment includes a display from the Dundee Alsation club. the City of Dundee pipe band and the Californian Repercussion band. There will also be food and other stalls as well as kids entertainment.
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I ALTERNATIVE GAMES Parton. Sun I. 2pm—late. Loch Ken Holiday Centre.
Parton. near Castle Douglas. £2 (£1). Carpark £1. Oh no! It’s Scotland‘s alternative to the Olympic Games! With such wacky field events as Hurlin‘ the Curlin‘ Stane. Tossin' the Sheaf, Spinnin’ the Peerie and Flingin’ the Herd’s bunnet. Track events include the peII-mell excitment of snail racing — forget Linford Christie. these gasteropods can’t half burn up that grass. With the world Gird 'n' Cleek championships to be won and arm wrestling new for this year. there will be a deal of excitement on the day. First prize for all events is a haggis. second prize a clootie dumpling and third. a Scotch pie. Entry to all events is open to all. so you could leave an lntemational Champion! All proceeds to Water Aid. Refreshments and the all-important beer tent will be on hand.
I FLDDNDEH THAMPING CHAMPIONSHIPS Palnackie. Sat 31. 4.30pm—late. Urr Estuary. Palnackie. Mr Ellis, 05566 0244. £1.50 entry fee. When the tide flows out of the estuary. the ﬂounders wallow down into the soft mud to wait for returning water. If you take off your footware and slowly wade through the receding waters. you can sometimes stand on one of these tasty. but boney, ﬂat-fish, trapping it “
FRIENDS DE THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE WEEKEND Bo’ness. Sat 14/SIIII 15,
11am-5pm. Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway, Bo’ness Station. Bo’ness. £4 (£2). Chris Awdry, tor whom the original Thomas the Tank Engine stories were first written, will be reading irom hls lavourlte yarns and signing books. All the engines will have taces and the ‘troublesome trucks’ will no doubt be up to their usual mlschlei. The Fat Controller will be around to make sure things don’t get too out oi hand, although even he will have some trouble given the past antics oi Thomas and his triends. Thomas and pals will also be pulling those coaches along to Birkhlll Fireclay Mine where tor an extra £1.10 (80p) you can go down Into. the bowels oi the earth and see pre-lurasslc fossils. The liallway is open daily during the summer, with its collection oi railway buildings, equipment,
locomotives, carriages and wagons.
Saturdays 7, 14, 21 August A CELEBRATION OF MARY STUART The liiestory in theatre, music and dance of Scotland's most romantic and tragic monarch LIN LITHGOW PALACE 7.30pm Tickets £7.50 (including wine and food)
Sunday afternoons throughout August AT THE ROYAL COURT OF MARY Playlets depicting the return of Mary Stuart from France to her birthplace and her confrontation with John Knox Admission free except for Palace entry
Wednesdays 4, 11, 18, 25 August LINLITHGOW 8: DISTRICT PIPE BAND LINLITHGOW CROSS 7.00pm
SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING FOR ALL LINLITHGOW PALACE BURGH HALLS Tickets £2.00 (including refreshments)
Friday 13 August THE ROYAL MILE The Musical Story by the Ouern of Scotland's most famous street ST MICHAEL'S CHURCH HALL 7.30pm Tickets £3.00
Monday 16 August THE LIFE SONGS AND VERSE 0F BURNS by The Quern ST MICHAEL'S CHURCH HALL 7.30pm Tickets £3.00
SATURDAY 7th & SUNDAY 8th AUGUST TRAQUAIR HOUSE
lnnerIeithen Peeblesshire Less than an hour from Edinburgh.
All entertainment free with your ticket.
THEATRE, MUSIC, CIRCUS, CHILDREN'S ENTERTAINMENTS, TRADITIONAL SCOTTISH STORYTELLING, COLOUR MAZE, WORKSHOPS, FAIR ALE, COMPLEMENTRY MEDICINE, CRAFTS. . .
TAM WHITE BAND, SWAMP CIRCUS, IOHN HECLEY, DAVE R033,
THE RHYTHM DOCTORS and many more.
Tickets on sale now at Traquair House.
Reductions in advance. ALI. ENQUIRIES Tel; 0896 830323/830785
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