Festival campsite no more!

Festival go-ers enjoy the camp at McCreath Park
Festival go-ers enjoy the camp at McCreath Park

The times they are a-changin’ for the temporary campsite at McCreath Park during the Girvan traditional folk festival.

The campsite may become a thing of the past as not enough festival-goers are using the site to justify its cost.

Chairman Graham Charlton told a festival committee meeting that costs for the temporary site were ‘not sustainable’.

The meeting at the Westcliffe Hotel in Girvan heard that for the 2016 campsite there were only 75 people on the site in 40 units. There were, again this year, about 35 units used at the harbour. The meeting heard the cost to the festival was about £1700 which is not sustainable.

It was agreed to bring forward a plan to change the camping arrangements. Options might include negotiating a deal with the commercial caravan site and considering whether the harbour might be accessible by arrangement.

Festival artistic director Maggie Macrae told the meeting that the 2016 festival had a good mix of performers and the first use of the Town House in Girvan had been very succesful.

Maggie noted the popularity of the First World War presentation.

The availability of stewards was highlighted as issue.

A committee member has now taken on an organising role for 2017 and their is also the likelihood of Ayr Gaiety volunteers being available next year.

Rural transport was also discussed at the meeting with the meeting hearing that the numbers using the bus service were ‘not big’ but nevertheless had been a positive development and should be continued using lessons from this year to improve.

It was queried why Dailly was not included on the routes, but the meeting heard that as it was windfarm funding, it was very specific about which villages were to be included.

It was suggested that the festival use supplementary funding from the ‘localities health and well-being’ budget to extend the bus routes to Dailly.