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Politicians of all hues tip Stranraer Oyster Festival for glorious 2021 comeback

POLITICIANS have backed the Stranraer Oyster Festival – axed for this year – to roar back in 2021. Organisers Stranraer Development Trust on Friday said they had taken the decision to call off the 2020 event. It is understand preparations well well underway for this September. Emma Harper MSP said: “The cancellation of this year's Stranraer Oyster Festival will be extremely disappointing for many in the Stranraer area, Wigtownshire and beyond. "The event has become a key date in Scotland's events calendar and it has brought people from Scotland, and further afield, to the area – contributing hugely to local businesses such as hotels, B&Bs, restaurants and local shops. “I do, however, support the decision from the Stranraer Development Trust to cancel the festival this year in light of COVID-19 and the challenges that tackling this pandemic has brought. Public health must come first I have been in contact with the SDT Chairman, and additional local businesses in Stranraer, to see what support the Scottish Government and its agencies are able to offer. “I have attended the Oyster Festival since the first year. Following that success I wrote to Rural Affairs Minister Mairi Gougeon and she has now attended herself for the last two years. "Myself and the Minister were able to join the crew of the Vital Spark, to learn about Scotland's only natural oyster beds and the regeneration work on Loch Ryan and each year I enjoy meeting new people, participating in oyster shucking and making new friends as well as sampling the fabulous food and drink our beautiful corner of Scotland has to offer. “I will continue to work with the Stranraer Development Trust and local businesses to ensure they are supported and I look forward to attending the festival again next year once it is safe to do so.” Clin Smyth MSP added: "This was obviously a tough decision for the organisers of the festival but in the current climate and with the current levels of uncertainty about the lifting of lockdown in Scotland, it was undoubtedly the right one. “Despite this I would like to take the opportunity of saying a huge thank you to everyone involved in organising the Stranraer Oyster Festival. This event is growing in popularity and strength every year and it is down to the dedication of all those involved. “It is always a highlight of the year for me to go along with my family to the festival so I'm looking forward to the festival's return in 2021, bigger and stronger than ever.” Finlay Carson MSP told the Free Press last week: "“The Oyster Festival in Stranraer has become one of the highlights of the calendar for so many, including myself and it brings a wonderful atmosphere to the town and wider area for the locals and many visitors that attend. “It is obviously very disappointing to hear that this year event has been cancelled, one which was set to be the biggest one yet, but right now people's health and safety must come first. “I know how hard the organisers work to put on such a wonderful festival. “I am sure that their energy will be fully focused on emerging with an even better event in 2021. “I look forward to supporting the organisers in their efforts and of course attending once again in 2021 with my family.”

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