Town is doing it for itself

Some of the team at Stranraer Harbour this week
Some of the team at Stranraer Harbour this week

Stranraer is taking the lead from other towns in Galloway in a bid to promote its wealth of summer events.

A new social network site has been launched outlining arts-related activities in and around Stranraer town centre.

The Facebook page entitled Stranraer Summer Festivities aims to provide a diary of events which will assist in encouraging locals and visitors to the town.

The site has been established as part of a Creative Future commission managed by Dumfries and Galloway Chamber of Arts, and funded by Dumfries and Galloway Council and Creative Scotland.

Newton Stewart’s Sid Ambrose was awarded the commission and is responsible for setting up the Stranraer Summer Festivities page.

He said: “In the short time l have been involved in Stranraer it is obvious to me that the town has a very vibrant arts and events sector.

“Many people have a passion for what they do individually and a shared vision for attracting visitors to our area.

“My commissioned role enables me to help promote the good work being carried out by organisations such as Sea Pyots and Stranraer music town.”

Cathy Agnew, Chair of the Chamber of Arts Board of Trustees, said: “Social media is a powerful tool for helping promote the arts, and to help artists and organisations promote themselves. It’s great that Stranraer now has this new resource to attract attention to all that’s going on this summer.”

Mandy Green, who co-ordinates the RNLI fundraising event Parkfest, said: “Sid Ambrose recently assisted us in securing our headline act Neville Staple which we are very excited about. We will certainly be using the Stranraer Summer Festivities page as another means of promoting our event and headline act.”

The new site is not intended to replace any current promotional work being carried out and will help signpost people to existing websites and other social network pages.

Sid added that workshops, exhibitions and any other arts related activities such as theatre, literature, film and dance should feel free to post on and make use of the page as a promotional tool.

To view forthcoming activities or promote your own event visit /stranraer-summer-festivities.