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First Ever WeirFest and Scotland's Red Toorie Hat Festival to be Staged beside Iconic Tom Weir Statue

Scotland’s most-loved mountain man, Tom Weir, and the great outdoors is to be celebrated at the inaugural ‘Weirfest’ and Scotland’s Red Toorie Hat Festival, a family fun day featuring music, competitions, cooking and outdoor craft demonstrations, beside his iconic statue at scenic Balmaha Bay. The event will take place from 10.30am to 4.30pm on Saturday 30th May.

Around 40 musicians are expected to perform at the open-air festival, which has been organised by the Tom Weir Memorial Group in association with Friends of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs.  Popular Scottish minstrel Alistair MacDonald and rock act The Mighty Sparrahawk will be among those on stage, while a ukulele orchestra and various other folk artists are due to perform. 

There will be stalls showcasing local crafts and foods and Christopher Trotter, one of Scotland’s leading chefs, will be providing a series of cooking demonstrations featuring some of Tom Weir’s favourite foods.

There are plenty of things to appeal to younger visitors too including a Tom Weir treasure hunt, storytelling, woodcraft, toorie hat and food competitions and other fun and games.

Admission and car parking will be free of charge with donations on the day welcome to boost the Tom Weir fundraising campaign to maintain and improve the site.

Susan Taylor, Administrator of the Tom Weir Memorial Group, said: “We are very excited about staging our first-ever Weirfest event and hope to see a good turnout of folk wearing Tom’s signature red toorie hats.  They were very much to the fore at the statue unveiling in late December and have become a key feature of visits to the Tom Weir statue at Balmaha with a steady flow of visitors wearing them.

‘’We of course will have plenty red toorie hats on sale on the day as part of our ongoing fundraising efforts and to add to the colour of Weirfest.  Hopefully this can be another occasion which recognises why Tom Weir is Scotland’s most loved mountain man. All we need now is the weather!”

James Fraser, Chairman of Friends of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs, added:Our plans have come together very quickly and this is an occasion we are very much looking forward to with many musicians and helpers generously offering their services free of charge to make this a special day. 

“If the visitor numbers to the statue during its first four months are anything to go by, Balmaha will be buzzing on the day of Weirfest and we would invite as many people as possible to come along and perhaps combine their day out with a visit to the nearby Drymen Show too.’’

Work is ongoing at the Tom Weir site with plans to raise funds for further path and signing improvements. 

The public appeal remains open and donations can be sent to the Friends of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs, The Old Station, Balloch Road, Balloch G83 8SS or online - information here.

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