Community gathers to welcome Mark Beaumont to Bute

The Rothesay Primary School choir performs at Sunday's welcome event for Mark Beaumont in Guildford Square.
The Rothesay Primary School choir performs at Sunday's welcome event for Mark Beaumont in Guildford Square.

The community on Bute turned out in force on Sunday afternoon to welcome adventurer Mark Beaumont to the island on the second day of his Highland Line charity appeal.

Mark, who presented the 2010 TV series ‘Cycling the Americas’ and set a world record time for going round the world on a bicycle, arrived on Bute on Sunday afternoon at the end of a gruelling swim from Millstone Point at the north-east corner of Arran to Dunagoil Bay.

The Rotary Club of Rothesay organised a busy ‘welcome event’ in Guildford Square in the centre of the town to raise funds for the STV Appeal, featuring performances by the Rothesay and District Pipe Band, the Bute Ceilidh Band, the Anne McIlroy School of Dance and a choir from Rothesay Primary School.

After arriving in the square at 5.30pm, Mark also appeared at a question-and-answer session at the nearby Isle of Bute Discovery Centre - before retiring for a well-earned night’s sleep at the Victoria Hotel.