Concert date arranged

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The Galloway Music Festival is to hold a fundraising concert in Penninghame School on Friday, November 9, at 7pm.

Local musicians will perform and, although the event is free, donations will be welcomed at the door, and a raffle will also take place.

This concert heralds the start of the 99th season for the festival, which runs from March 11-16, 2013. Excitement is already mounting for the centenary year of 2014, for which a celebration brochure and extra events are being planned.

The schedule for the 2013 festival is already available online at or at Cinnamon in Newton Stewart.

The music festival invites children and adults from the Stewartry, Stranraer, the Machars and beyond to participate, so start thinking now about which classes you would like to enter. You have until mid January to submit entries.

As 2014 is such a special year for the festival the committee would welcome sponsorship or contributions in any form from local firms and businesses, or past participants. Please contact a committee member if you can help in any way.