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Caledonian MacBrayne announces more support for Tiree Music Festival

A long term sponsor of Tiree Music Festival, Caledonian MacBrayne has announced extra support for 2015’s event taking place between the 17- 19th of July.

Relying on substantial volunteer input, the additional sponsorship will be used to help those who are giving free of their time, alleviating some of the transport costs to and from the multi award winning festival.

The one-off commitment acknowledges the increased draw of the 10th anniversary of Skerryvore – band member Daniel Gillespie together with friend Stewart MacLennan, both Tiree islanders, founded the festival in 2010 – as well as the steadily growing popularity of the event, and builds on a strong relationship between the festival organisers and CalMac.

“Tiree Music Festival was a real nugget of an event which began in 2010 and has been a success ever since,” said Caledonian MacBrayne’s Head of Marketing, Peter Griffiths. “We have been proudly supporting the event since the beginning and, as it has grown from just 600 festival goers in year one to a sell-out 1700 now, so too has the need for an army of volunteers. “We have been in a position to offer a little more to help the organisers support their volunteers and have been glad to do so. Support to our communities is important to us and, this year alone, we will lend a hand to more than 100 events across our network. “Tiree Music Festival is also an important one for us, as it is the stage for one of the winners of our annual music competition CalMac Culture Music and this time it will be Jamie McGeechan from Ayr, known as Little Fire. Jamie impressed selectors at the competition finals in King Tut’s in Glasgow so much that he actually won two of the available five gig slot prizes – a first for the CalMac Culture Music competition. It should be a great treat for the crowds.”

Stewart MacLennan, Tiree Music Festival Director, said: “We would like to thank Calmac for their sponsorship over the years, as the festival has grown both in size and duration over the past six years their support has been immeasurable. “We are delighted that they have been able to offer additional sponsorship this year which will be used to reduce the costs of our much needed volunteers travel expenses from Oban to the island. “2015 is set to be our best yet with plenty of local foodie produce, family fun and a stellar line up including The Fratellis, Funbox, Skerryvore, Manran and Calmac Culture Music winner Little Fire to name a few.”

Scarinish Pier Car Park Closing

Car park closing sign Isle of TireeMay 2014 sees the beginning of Argyll and Bute Council’s £1.1million road reconstruction project which will tackle road surfaces on all of the public roads on Tiree.

Last week Co-op shoppers were greeted with a notice stating that ‘All cars must be removed from the Pier Car Park by Monday 28th of April’. Karen Jameson confirmed that Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) will be facilitating Argyll and Bute Council in their endeavour to re-surface the roads. We decided to get in touch with Mark Calder from Argyll and Bute Council to find out more:

“Argyll and Bute Council is currently undertaking £1.1million of road surface dressing work on all of the public roads on Tiree as part of the 2014 roads reconstruction project. The council has commissioned Kiley Brothers, one of the UK’s leading specialists in carriageway and footway surface treatments, to carry out the work on our behalf.

“ The public car park at the pier head is not publicly maintained; and the contractor needs storage space for up to 300 tonnes of surface dressing material and this is the ideal location. The council has obtained written approval from CalMac to use the car park. Notices have been placed locally to advise of the closure and those businesses directly affected have been informed. The material will be delivered to the island in three separate loads, with the first one expected on May 7th. The programme of works indicates completion by the end of May; however, this is dependent on the weather.”

Losing this parking space, which is already congested at busy times from Easter onwards, leaves us wondering where on earth people will park at the pier… Catriona MacLennan, a concerned local business owner has also been in touch.

Catriona, who is firstly delighted that road improvements are being carried out also raises some of her concerns about the impact that this work will have on her business.

Catriona expressed that “No alternative parking is being provided for ferry users. Congestion to MacLennan Motors fuel and garage will be intensified. The road at the top of the pier to the left is a dead end and no sign is in place to inform travellers coming off the ferry who park all around the area making access more difficult.” She also stated that “Communication with the local public and businesses in the area has been non-existent, which is extremely disappointing.”

The Local Community Development Trust states that, “It’s great that money is being spent on the roads, however, it’s unfortunate that as well as the disruption that upgrading the roads will cause, there will be further disruption and congestion at the pier during this busy time of the year.”

Further communication with Finlay McRae of CalMac assures us that “there will be no impact or change to ferry operations at Scarinish”


Sophie Isaacson & Louise Reid