HELENSBURGH'S hugely popular Winter Festival is to receive a share of a 'major events' fund set up by Argyll and Bute Council.

The event is one of 10 across the region which will get a share of £90,000 from the local authority following an agreement by councillors at a meeting of the policy and resources committee.

Also included is Bute Noir, Cowal Highland Gathering, William Fife Classic Yacht Regatta, Carradale Music Festival, Jura Music Festival, Mull of Kintyre Music Festival, Mull Rally, Tiree Wave Classic and the Oban Games.

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The fund was launched in 2018 to enable organisations involved in the running of events and festivals to bid for financial support.

Following changes to the application process introduced by the council earlier this year, the fund now focuses on events which will generate the maximum economic value for Argyll and Bute.

Ten applications were submitted to this year’s funding round and have now been approved.

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Depute policy lead for economic growth, Councillor Jim Anderson, said: “Argyll and Bute is very fortunate in playing host to such a wide range of cultural events encompassing everything from literary and music festivals to Highland games and sport.

“The Fund is supporting events that are set to contribute significantly to the culture, heritage and economy of Argyll and Bute, and will have a strong appeal for local, national and international audiences.”

All the events receiving funding support will be held between April 1, 2020 and February 28, 2021.

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