Cash boost for local events

Wigtown Book Town Festival and the World Curling Championships Seniors and Mixed Doubles are the first events in the region to have funding confirmed and awarded to the tune of £52,000 as part of the Homecoming Scotland 2014 programme.

Wigtown Book Town Festival, which takes place from September 25 to October 9, has received £22,000 and the World Curling Championships Seniors and Mixed Doubles, taking place from April 22 to May 1, have received £30,000.

As part of Homecoming Scotland’s Partner Programme, other 2014 events to take place in the region include The Big Burns Supper (January 25), Spring Fling (May 24-26), Flavour Fortnight (August 30-September 14), the Wickerman Festival (July 25-26) and From Red Lion to Ringford, which is a free, historical exhibition to run from October 1-5.

Entries are still being welcomed into the Homecoming Scotland 2014 Partner Programme. This benefits local events by aligning them to the Homecoming brand.

Paula McDonald, regional director of VisitScotland, said: “I’m delighted that a funding total of £52,000 has been confirmed and awarded to Wigtown Book Town Festival and the World Curling Championships Seniors and Mixed Doubles which will be important events in the Dumfries and Galloway Homecoming calendar.

“I’d like to encourage other events to join in the celebration by applying to get involved in the Homecoming Scotland 2014 partner programme to ensure a great spread of activity throughout the region so that every corner of Dumfries and Galloway is involved in the party.”

Councillor Finlay Carson is Dumfries and Galloway Council’s events champion. He said: “We are proud that Dumfries Ice Bowl has secured these World Championship curling events. Curling is a very strong sport in our region and the funding is a huge bonus. I’m sure that people from far and wide will be attracted to Homecoming 2014 in Dumfries and Galloway.”

And Adrian Turpin, director of Wigtown Book Town Festival, added: “Homecoming Scotland 2014 is a special opportunity to tell people all over the world about this fabulous part of Scotland. We’ll be celebrating writers, thinkers and inventors from the region who have changed the world and look forward to welcoming even more locals and visitors this year.”