Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Gibson Wishes Harbourfest Success

News release
Immediate release

Highlands and Islands SNP MSP Rob Gibson has lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament wishing this years Wickharbourfest fine weather and a fair breeze when it take place next week.

Harbourfest will run from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th June at Wick harbour and will co-incide with the official opening of the newly completed Marina.

Mr Gibson, who himself will be attending, said:

"Wick Harbourfest has proved itself to be a worthy and successful event after the first one was held in the town in 2007. In this, the year of Homecoming, it is important for these local gatherings to be given all the support they need in order to thrive.

"I will be attending the event again and am very much looking forward to seeing what is on offer. The people of the county who put so much effort into organising this event deserve great praise and I'm sure it will be well supported by locals and tourists alike."

"Our harbours are vital to the economic development of our country, especially at this time when so much attention is focused on the renewables potential in the Pentland Firth. Harbours and ports in Caithness as well as the Wider Highlands and Islands will play an integral part in driving the country forward. Events like these are important as they help raise the profile of the harbour, the town and the County."


Notes - A copy of the Motion is below -

Rob Gibson (SNP) (Highlands & Islands) Wick HarbourFest — That the Parliament wishes the organisers and participants for Wick HarbourFest Homecoming 2009, taking place from 26 to 28 June, fine weather and a fair breeze for the event; notes the growing importance and success of the festival; applauds the way that it has raised the aspirations of Wick folk to the importance of their historic harbour; asserts that ports have always been key for both economic and cultural activity around the world’s coasts, as the marina developments at Wick and along the Moray coast manifest, and further believes that ports in Caithness and the wider Highlands and Islands will be integral in driving forward a key sector of our Scottish economy.

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