Puffin festival is a flying success

Tommy Craggs, the wood sculptor who carved a puffin from a log at Amble Puffin Festival.
Tommy Craggs, the wood sculptor who carved a puffin from a log at Amble Puffin Festival.

The first Amble Puffin Festival has been hailed a success – boosting trade, encouraging community spirit and putting the town on the map.

That is the verdict of Craig Weir, chairman of the event’s organising group.

The two-week extravaganza, which came to an end on Saturday, June 1, celebrated the cute multi-coloured birds.

It featured a wide programme of events for people of all ages, from walks and talks, to live music, a food and drink festival and environmental activities, among other things, in and around the town.

Mr Weir, who heads up Amble Action Group and is also mayor of the town, is delighted at how the inaugural event went.

He said there have been calls for the event to return.

“As far as myself and the committee are concerned, the festival was a big success and it has put Amble on the map.

“The community came together and the event was also attended by people from abroad who had heard about it.

“It did boost trade in the town, without a shadow of a doubt, and there was an increase in footfall in the town.

“I would say that 99.5 per cent of the community that we discussed this with thought it was a tremendous success and would like to see it again.”

During the event, chainsaw sculptor Tommy Craggs carved a puffin from a log, pictured, right.

It is hoped the eye-catching creation can be sited in the High Street Garden, as part of the festival’s legacy.

Mr Weir said: “We have now established Amble as the puffin town and this sculpture would be a fitting reminder of what we have achieved and what we want to continue to do in the future. I think it would be a nice feature.”

Mr Weir said that there were too many people to thank personally, but he paid tribute to everyone who helped out and supported the event in any way.