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September 2004

Thursday, September 23, 2004

THREE-DAY POETRY FESTIVAL ON ISLE OF BUTE TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL POETRY DAY - Webmaster @ 11:07 GMT

The Isle of Bute is privileged to have poets Kenneth Steven, Gerry Cambridge and Sarah Bryant participating in the 4th Isle of Bute Poetry Festival (28-30 September), the theme of which is “Food”.

This event, which has been made possible by the sponsorship of Argyll and Bute Council, Scottish Book Trust, Historic Scotland, Fusions, and Bute Healthy Living, takes place at several venues - Rothesay Castle, Rothesay Academy Library, and Rothesay Academy Hall. There are sessions for school pupils and the general public alike.

The climax of the festival is the Family Concert in the Academy Hall, where the Academy’s pipers will lead the poets into the hall to join pupils from all of the Island’s schools who will be reciting both original and favourite poetry.

Admission to all events is free. For further information phone Rothesay Academy Librarian, Cheryl Wood, 01700-503367.

Thursday, September 16, 2004

ISLE OF BUTE EXCELS IN BEAUTIFUL SCOTLAND IN BLOOM COMPETITION - Webmaster @ 11:47 GMT

Isle of Bute’s two major settlements, Rothesay and Port Bannatyne, have both had the distinction of making the finals of the 2004 Beautiful Scotland in Bloom Competition. Rothesay was one of the four finalists in the “Seaside Town” category and just lost out to North Berwick, while Port Bannatyne was among the six finalists in the “Small Village” category and lost out to the eventual winner, Sorn. The results of the competition were announced yesterday at an impressive function in Dunfermline.

Community effort was highlighted in the judges’ comments in respect of both Rothesay and Port Bannatyne, while the former was also singled out for its exceptional flower bedding displays.

Although there is disappointment that neither community walked off with the winner’s award for its particular category, there is nevertheless great pride in the Island’s overall accomplishment. And there is still some consolation that Rothesay was the winner of the “Medium Town” Award last year.

Community groups, undaunted by the setback this year, are already developing their plans for next year’s event.

Friday, September 10, 2004

LUXURY CRUISE LINER VISITS ROTHESAY - Webmaster @ 12:41 GMT

Rothesay has been treated to a return visit of the luxury cruise liner Minerva II, of Swan Hellenic Lines, as part of the ship's Round-Britain Cruise.

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Friday, September 03, 2004

SCOTTISH COMMUNITIES MINISTER VISITS THE ISLE OF BUTE - Webmaster @ 14:55 GMT

Scotland’s Communities Minister, Margaret Curran, has been on Bute to officially open the new 7-storey high-spec. cylindrical tower block of flats, A’Chrannag, and announces extra funding is to be made available for affordable social housing.

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