HELENSBURGH’S Winter Festival is to receive £5,000 from a council fund to support major events in Argyll and Bute.

The festival is one of several which will receive a share of almost £100,000 from Argyll and Bute Council’s Strategic Events and Festivals Fund.

The cash was approved by members of the authority's policy and resources committee on Thursday.

Festival chair Gail Broadhurst said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have the support once again this year from Argyll and Bute Council. 

“It’s our tenth anniversary this year, so it’s great to see the continued support. 

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“The grant is an important income stream for the event, and it allows us to put it on again this year – hopefully with some different things. 

“We’ve already started the planning.”

The festival attracted thousands of people to Helensburgh at the end of November  having been cancelled in 2020 because of the pandemic.

The largest award of £30,000 goes to the Cowal Highland Gathering, which is due to return in August after a two-year Covid absence.

Other awards include the Mull Rally (£15,000), the Mull of Kintyre Music and Arts Festival (£11,000) and the Tiree Wave Classic (£10,000).

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The remaining awards were as follows:

Jura Music Festival £5,000

Gathering of Cowal Clans £5,000

Highlands and Islands Music and Dance Festival £4,700

West Highland Yachting Week £3,600

Inveraray Highland Games £3,000

Tarbert Seafood Festival £3,000

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