Rothesay fairground couple in costs warning

Rising costs may prevent at least one of the families behind Rothesay's annual fairground returning to the island.
Rising costs may prevent at least one of the families behind Rothesay's annual fairground returning to the island.

One of the couples behind Rothesay’s annual summer fairground has warned that rising costs may prevent them returning to Bute in the future.

John and Kay Bateman, one of six families who bring their fairground attractions to the town every summer, spoke to The Buteman as the fair’s annual visit to the Rothesay promenade drew to a close.

“It’s getting to the stage where we can’t afford to come to Rothesay any more,” Mrs Bateman said.

“Between the six families we’re paying something like £4,800 to come here every year. We do appreciate the custom the people of Rothesay have given us over the years, and still give us now, but it’s getting close to the point where we won’t be able to afford to come back.”

Mr Bateman, whose family has been visiting Bute regularly since his grandparents came to the island on holiday in the 1930s, added: “I drive our big trailer 180 miles to Colintraive to save on ferry costs, but the price of fuel means there’s no saving in doing that any more.

“It’s always a pleasure to come to Rothesay, but the time is coming when we’ll have to ask whether we’d rather make a bit more money going somewhere else.”