May 30 2012 by Jean Pedder, Stirling Observer Wednesday
Dunblane fling is huge success
SENSATIONAL summer sunshine greeted crowds to this year’s Fling event in Dunblane.
And the weekend’s tropical temperatures meant a fun weekend for both young and old.
The Victoria Hall in Dunblane was the venue for the Jazz and Blues night on Thursday, a Salsa Night on Friday and the concert on Saturday which featured Skerryvore, supported by Carissa Bovill. All events proved extremely popular, with the dance floor of the hall well used by audiences.
Saturday’s Fling by the River was packed with visitors who were treated to a huge array of local stalls and entertainment. Gordon Brewer of BBC Newsnight Scotland kindly came along to open the event and launch the Rotary Duck Race. The parade down the High Street to the Drying Green below Dunblane Cathedral was led by the Alloa Bowmar Pipe Band and followed by a procession of classic cars, the DMC cheerleaders, and other local groups.
After the excitement of the duck race, the crowds were entertained by storyteller Paraig MacNeil, Master Jack, Monument Dance, the Liltin’ Lassies and many others. The kids enjoyed face painting, bouncy castle and a chance to brush up their tennis and football skills; there were demonstrations of cookery, glass making and art, stalls for jewellery, cards and records as well as stalls from local community groups and organisations.
Bridge of Allan and Dunblane Rotary Club’s crepe stall was packed all afternoon and the ice cream van did a roaring trade.
Also exhibiting were the local First Responders team along with a fire engine and classic car display.
The weekend finished on the Sunday with the Doubletree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro Road race and youth race before a final Festival Club at the Braeport Centre on Sunday, hosted by the Dunblane Folk Club with food supplied by Mr Singh’s India Gate.
Commenting on the overall outcome at the Festival Club, Craig Mair on behalf of the Fling committee, thanked the members for all their hard work and also the groups and organisations who had supported and contributed to such a successful event.