Crowds flock to see the Amble Puffin Festival take flight

Amble Puffin Festival 2014
RNLI mascot Stormy Stan with members of Amble Army Cadets.
Picture by Jane Coltman

Amble Puffin Festival 2014 RNLI mascot Stormy Stan with members of Amble Army Cadets. Picture by Jane Coltman

The Amble Puffin Festival got off to a flying start on Monday, with the sun shining and crowds flocking to support the event.

The quirky festival, which runs until Sunday, celebrates everything to do with the cute multi-coloured birds.

It is taking place at the best time of year to see the Coquet Island puffins as they care for their newly-hatched pufflings.

The week-long event features activities such as guided nature walks, puffin cruises, bird watching, local history talks, photo exhibitions, arts and crafts, watersports and live music.

There are events to interest all age groups and activities are being held in a variety of locations throughout the town.

The 2014 extravaganza is the second of its kind, following on from 2013’s inaugural event.

Last year’s festival got off to a wet start, with the opening day hit by the rainy weather. Thankfully though, it was a different story this time round. Basked in sunshine and with the temperature soaring, the 2014 event took off in style.

The festival opened with the arrival of the pufflings parade, involving children from the town’s Brambles Childcare. It featured puffin flags, puppets and costumes. The procession was led by the festival’s mascot, Tommy Noddy.

Other entertainment on the opening day included singing from Amble’s community choir, Harbour Lights, and tribal dancing from Tribe Zuza.

Event organiser Elaine Brown said: “The first day was fantastic in terms of the weather and the turn out. Everyone looked like they were having fun.

“We used an overflow car park on The Braid and that worked well. We also encourage everyone attending to take their litter with them or use the bins provided.”

With a few more days remaining of this year’s, there is still time to enjoy all that the festival has to offer.

One of the highlights is the Colony Music Festival. Taking place at the Little Shore on Saturday and Sunday, it will feature music from local bands and a children’s fun-fair.

Tomorrow’s activities include an expert look at the birds and other wildlife that use Hauxley Nature Reserve, from 11am to 1pm.

Saturday’s fun includes the tug of war at the Little Shore at 11am. There is a maximum of eight people per team and to register, visit the Harbour Inn or call 07732 415778.

On Sunday, the Quayside will host an all-day market, as well as a coffee morning for Amble RNLI from 10am.

Meanwhile, the dunes at Park Leisure will provide the stage for a dog show at 1pm. Prizes are sponsored by Pets At Home and classes include puppy, prettiest bitch, handsome dog, best rescue, young handler and best-dressed as a puffin.

A children’s window puffin trail runs throughout the festival. Participants can collect forms from participating shops and forms can be returned to 42 Queen Street.

There is also a puffin treasure trail and leaflets are available from Flowmill at Spurreli Ice-cream, the tourist information centre and Pride of Northumbria, on Queen Street.

For more information about the event and for more details about the programme, visit amblepuffinfest.co.uk.

Or visit the Facebook page or follow the event on Twitter @AmblePuffinFest.




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