With the installation of Broadband by Argyll and Bute council on the newly renovated pier it now looks almost certain that the whole event will be broadcast live on Dunoon Community Radio on 97.4FM and on the internet www.dunooncommunityradio.org allowing listeners from all over the world to tune in and follow the days proceedings—The Next Best Thing To Being There!
BID Manager Colin Moulson has said “what better way to hi-light the public opening of the Pier by assuring that no matter where you are in the world you can be part of this historic day”
The Pier was officially opened in a ceremony at the beginning of March by Argyll and Bute Council Leader Dick Walsh in a ceremony attended by contractors ,councillors and council officers who had contributed to the work on the refurbishment of the Pier.
And now with the Public opening Colin Moulson and his team along with Media Guru Derek Macintyre are ready to present a unique event of Cycling, Running, Music & entertainment not seen on the pier for a long,long time.
Using the Pier as the main event Hub for the day’s activities spectators will be able to see the start of of the multi – stage cycling and running events that will take in some of Cowal’s most popular routes with some of Scotland’s most scenic views. During the course of the day Derek Macintyre and his team from DCR97.4FM will be keeping you updated with the latest information from course check point where runners and cyclist will be greeted by the sounds of the bagpipes urging them on.
The Run is scheduled to start at 11 .00am along a 14.7 km or in old money 9.1 mile route and will include road, trail and track running, participants will get a real flavour of Cowal with seascapes, country lanes and even secret beauty spots and of course the famous esplanade. Stages have been described as Flat, Undulating, Sprint and Hilly.
It won’t only be the competitors in the Dunoon Run and Ride that will be treated to the sounds of the pipes the Cowal Pipe Band will be in attendance at the pier with one of their first events in what is looking to be a very busy year as they reclaimed their former glory as a major Argyll Pipe Band.
Meeting and greeting folk at the Pier will be the fabulous Red Coats who as anyone who has come in contact with them will agree a legend in holiday entertainment and will be so much at home entertaining visitors to the pier with their specially erected stage and deck chair seating area. We will of course for our listeners who may not be acquainted with the Red Coats be chatting to Jeanie and her fellow entertainers and listening to them entertaining on the Pier “That’s the way to do it”
Rumour has it that the Red Coats have something special planned for the start of the runners event!
This year’s Run & Ride is going to be extra special with all the combining events using the grand re-opening of Dunoon Pier as an event hub hopefully the first of many future events that could be held on the pier.
With Stalls including the Doon the Watter memorabilia, Home Baking tea’s and coffee’s music from Dunoon Community Radio plus the fantastic Red Coats this will be an event not to be missed and of course for visitors there is the fantastic Argyll Street and adjoining streets with all those unique interdependent shops and of course Dunoon’s popular Charity Shops.
Dunoon Community Radio presenters will be there as well as Hamish the Execuitive producer who will be only to pleased to have his photograph taken with you.