Wickerman bows out as organisers decide not to continue

Amy Macdonald performs at the festival in 2013
Amy Macdonald performs at the festival in 2013

The last note has sounded on the Wickerman Festival as organisers have announced the event will not be continuing.

The festival started in 2001 when Sid Ambrose had the idea for a festival which was just that bit different, basing it on the classic British Horror film The Wicker Man, which was filmed nearby.

Local Farmer Jamie Gilroy came on board with the festival taking place at East Kirkcarswell Farm, Dundrennan. The festival grew and grew each year becoming a major attraction in Galloway and traditionally culminated in the burning of a 35-foot Wickerman, made by local craftsmen..

Sadly teh festival’s co-founder Jamie Gilroy died following a firearm incident in 2014.

The festival was cancelled for this year but was due to return in 2017.

A message from the festival organisers said: “After much thought and consideration Patsy Gilroy and Jennie Camm have decided that the Wickerman Festival will not be continuing.

“Since its creation by Jamie Gilroy, Founding Director, the festival has provided us all with an eclectic mix of memories. It’s these that we wish people to look back on and remember.

“Thank you all for your loyal support over the years and please feel free to post your favourite moments for all of us to enjoy.”