Spring Fling brings in thousands

THE region’s Spring Fling event brought more than £780,000 to the area, it has emerged.

The annual arts and crafts bash, taking place over the May bank holiday weekend, saw art galleries and studios open their doors and it is estimated around 10,500 people attended.

Spring Fling is now set for further expansion having just been awarded funding of nearly £80,000 from the Dumfries and Galloway LEADER Programme and the Holywood Trust.

A new project manager - Leah Black - is about to take up her post.

Her remit includes the development of a Spring Fling “Springboard” project - a bursary and mentoring scheme for recent arts and crafts graduates to get involved in both Spring Fling and the region’s wider arts community.