‘Baird of Bute’ festival next weekend

The annual Baird of Bute Festival of Flight takes place at Kingarth and Ettrick Bay on September 12, 2015.

The annual Baird of Bute Festival of Flight takes place at Kingarth and Ettrick Bay on September 12, 2015.

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The achievement of a humble blacksmith from Bute in undertaking the first all-Scottish attempted heavier-than-air powered flight will be celebrated next weekend.

The MacBrayne’s bus will take festival-goes free of charge to and between the island’s airstrip at Kingarth and the beach at Ettrick Bay for the event on Saturday, September 12.

The Baird of Bute Festival of Flight is once again taking place to honour Andrew Blain Baird, who briefly flew an aircraft of his own design and construction at Ettrick Bay in September 1910.

As in previous years the festival will provide a chance for the public to get up close with an array of light aircraft at the Kingarth airstrip - renamed the Baird Airstrip in Andrew Baird’s honour - from 11am on Saturday, and to watch a fly-past at Ettrick Bay at around 2.30pm.

In addition a vintage MacBrayne’s bus will visit the island to transport festival-goers to, from and between Kingarth and Ettrick Bay.

Full details in this week’s issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, September 10.