The weather gods were very kind to this year’s Sea Change Festival on the Rosneath peninsula last weekend.

After days of alarming weather forecasts, with thunder and heavy rain expected, the sun shone on the Saturday morning parade from Kilcreggan to Cove Burgh Hall.

The theme of this year’s festival, Journeys Into Space, brought an amazing array of astronauts, spacecraft and alien creatures not normally seen outside comic books and blockbuster Hollywood science fiction movies.

The local Brownie Pack were out in force, whilst local Rainbows had worked particularly hard for their space badge, with some very impressive helmets on display, and cereal boxes which had been magically transformed into jet packs.

Woe betide any cook looking for his or her tinfoil wrap in the next couple of weeks!

The parade’s participants were fed and watered at Cove Burgh Hall’s pop up Planet Peake café at the end of the parade, before visiting a specially hired Planetarium which took up much of the main hall, where they watched a presentation on space flights and the planets to show that the facts of space are often just as interesting as the fiction.

Attention then turned to the second and last day of the festival, on Sunday, when the event programme featured a barbecue at the nearby Cove Park artists’ retreat, where children from both Rosneath and Kilcreggan primary schools displayed their space themed artworks and sang songs composed by themselves with the help of Stephen Adam, the music director of the Peninsula Choir.

Stephen and other talented local musicians also gave a mini concert on the decking of the facility’s new artistic centre to round off a memorable weekend – and leave participants and organisers alike eagerly looking forward to 2019.