The Port’s set for fun times

Everyone loves fancy dress night at Port William
Everyone loves fancy dress night at Port William

Port William Carnival Week 2017 takes place from Friday, July 28, right through to Sunday, August 6.

The usual exciting programme of events have been laid on by the hard-working community association in the village.

The fun starts next Friday with short mat bowling and pool, darts and dominoes.

The first Saturday, July 29, will see Miss Emily Kay crowned Carnival Queen at 1.30pm in the Grand Marquee on the Harbour Green.

Also on that day are the opening of the popular Arts Festival and the annual sports day and auto test on the Maxwell Park. In the evening there will be the Carnival Queen’s Ball in the marquee with music by Night Shift.

Sunday’s highlights are the 10k fun run, the church service, highland dancing, bowling, crab fishing and a curry and quiz night.

Monday’s line up includes golf, 10-pin bowling, the baby show, the teddy bears’ picnic, bingo and an evening of local history with Jack Hunter in the marquee.

Junior golf, kayaking, children’s bingo, badminton, a race night and the eternally popular motorists’ treasure hunt, starting at 6.15pm.

A coffee morning kicks off Wednesday’s events, finishing in the marquee where Elsa Jean McTaggart will present ‘The Mercenary Fiddle Duo’.

The highlight of the week for many is Thursday night’s fancy dress parade, grand raffle and barbecue in The Square. Floats are asked to assemble at the Bottle Hole at 6pm to be judged and then join the parade when the pipe band arrives. This year’s theme for the floats is ‘The Sea’.

For those with limitless stamina, Friday has storytelling and book signing, cooking for fun with Richard Line, a countryside walk with Des, family fun at the Second Sands, including sand sculpture and a picnic. The arts festival prizegiving is at night.

Saturday has gardeners’ question time, the pet show and the duck race. The evening highlight is the ‘Beatles Tribute Night’ in the marquee.

It all ends on Sunday with MADAG’s funday and songs of praise on the Harbour Green.