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SLIDESHOW: Christmas fairs bring festive spirit to Bute

Participants in Bute's first ever Santa Dash set off around the Mount Stuart grounds.

Participants in Bute's first ever Santa Dash set off around the Mount Stuart grounds.

 

Festive feelings were much in evidence on Bute this weekend as two Christmas fairs added to the growing Yuletide spirit around the island.

The local branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland teamed up with VisitBute to organise a market in Guildford Square in the centre of Rothesay on Saturday afternoon, featuring music from the Bute Primary Schools Choir and the brass players in the Bute Community Band along with stalls selling gifts, cards and festive foods - and of course Santa in his grotto too.

That was followed on Sunday by the popular Christmas Fair at Mount Stuart, which this year featured Bute’s first ever ‘Santa Dash’, with runners in the familiar bright red suits covering a 2km course at a variety of paces in aid of local charities Achievement Bute and Calum’s Cabin.

Achievement Bute also organised a puppet workshop and performance in the Mount Stuart crypt on Sunday afternoon, giving younger visitors the chance to exercise their imaginations while their parents scoured the Marble Hall upstairs for Christmas gift ideas, while the primary schools’ choir was also back in action, with pupils from Rothesay, St Andrew’s and North Bute primaries performing a selection of festive favourites in the Marble Chapel.

 

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