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CELEBRATING 21 YEARS OF KIRN GALA AND LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEXT 21 YEARS —Looking forward to seeing all tomorrow

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You have heard us speak about it here on Dunoon Community Radio and we hope you have kept up with the updates on social media with much reference to previous years with hundreds of photos on Face Book.

This year with new members joining the small committee, the Kirn Gala celebrates it’s 21st Anniversary and looks forward to the future by putting the emphasise on the original philosophy of the Kirn Gala by presenting a family event providing free entry with fee paying Charity/Community market stalls raising money or promoting  their organisation.

For this the largest Charitable event in Cowal a carnival atmosphere is encouraged with stall holders presenting novel and original ways of enticing visitors to their stalls.

Attention is given to the many young folk who attend the event by providing special attractions during the event.

To celebrate the 21st Anniversary the traditional entertainment from the stage will show case the talents of many local youngsters celebrating 21 years of Kirn Gala and looking forward to the next 21 years.

Here is a wee review of what you can expect to see

 

Here is a wee review of what you can expect to see

Cowal pipe Band with Pipe Major Scott Wilson

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Dunoon Argyll Pipe Band with Pipe Major Duncan Macleod

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For the First Time ever both Bands combining for a very special performance

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And Introduce by the Master Of Master of Ceremonies

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Alex Pollock

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Christina Cairns School Of Highland Dancing ,

Straight from their successful appearance at the World Piping championship

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Dunoon Grammar School Pipe Band with Pipe Major, Craig Wilson

Presented by Gordon Blair –the very newly formed talent of Cowals Finest musicians -We can’t fit the whole Orchestra on the stage but but can give you a flavour of things to come

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 The Cowal Community orchestra

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The Extremely Talented Songstress

Katie Cameron

Singer Guitarist

Chloe Honeyball

 Always sure to put a spin on it the very Famous

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Cowal Baton Twirlers

And for something very special and very new– put together so recently some members haven’t yet been introduced to each other —-put together

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Kirn Gala is very proud to present the Band that everyone in the business is talking about, Cowals newest Band sensation   –Headlining for the 21st Kirn Gala Anniversary  

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Closing the proceeding will be the very popular piper

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JAMIE CAMPBELL

The event compared by DCR97.4FM presenter                                                                      VICTOR

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KIRN GALA HEADLINERS Ri chèile VISIT DCR97.4FM STUDIO

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Ri chèile Cowals latest Band sensation prior to their headlining role at this years 21st Anniversary Kirn Gala gave a live performance at the recent Pop Up Café Bar at Jamie’s Coast Coffee @ Dunoon’s Pier. (Ducky) Calum MacPherson – Drums Cambeul Walker – Vocals, Guitar Robbie Ireland – Guitar, Piano Holli Scott – Fiddle &  Amy MacPherson – Fiddle gave an inspired performance which left the audience in no doubt that these talented youngsters truly deserve the Top Of The Bill at are this year’s longest established biggest Charity event and are contenders for this years “must see band”

You can hear the Band chatting to TLLLVLB host Victor after their performance at  Pop Up Café Bar at Jamie’s Coast Coffee @ Dunoon’s Pier Monday after 5.00pm and Tuesday 5.00PM -7.00PM

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GETTING READY

IT’S GETTING BUSY,BUSY HERE IN DUNOON AND IT’S ALL COMING TOGETHER FOR THE 21st ANNIVERSARY KIRN GALA

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Here are some of the stalls and attendees you can expect to see at this year’s Kirn Gala—- Kirn Parish Church, Cowal Fest, Fyne Entertainments, Kirn Primary School, Enviro Kirn, Dunoon Community Radio, Historic Kilmun, Balloons 4 U, Living it Up, Health and Wellbeing Network HWN, Chouxmakers Cakes, All Sorts, Bloodwise, Crossroads Carers, Glenfinnan Walled Garden

Crossroads Young Carers, CHATS Cowal Hospice, Sandbank Heritage, Inverness Fudge, Dunoon Link Club, Sew & Sew, Rotary Club Dunnon, Candy Floss, Dunoon Learning Centre Liz Millar & Ruth Samuel, Sparks and Sparkles, Daisy Rocks Design Dani Halligan, Home Start, Friends 2gether

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Dunoon Redcross, Dunoon Firebrigade, Coast Guard, Mr Whippy, Donut Stand,Shaun Taylors Amusements spinning cuos Bouncy Castle and more along with Cheeko The Clown and not to forget our friends from The Bute Street Theatre

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Local businesses will also be open with Sizzlers, Java Walk, Kirn Variety, Cowal Cottage Bakery all ready to serve that little bit extra

 

IT’S BIGGER & BETTER –THE WORLD FAMOUS COWAL HIGHLAND GATHERING

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YES IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN AND THIS YEAR EVERYTHING IS BIGGER AND BETTER WITH RECORD NUMBERS OF ENTREES TO THE GAMES AND MUCH MORE ACTIVITIES IN THE STADIUM SO MUCH GOING ON. FRLLY’S GATHERING TEAM IS EVEN BIGGER THAN PREVIOUS YEARS TO ENSURE LISTENERS ARE KEPT FULLY UP TO DATE WITH ALL THE LATEST NEWS REPORTING ON EVENTS AS THEY HAPPEN AND OF COURSE THERE IS THE GOSSIP. MEMBERS OF FRLLY’S TEAM WILL ALSO BE OUT AND ABOUT AROUND THE STADIUM GIVING COMPETITORS, ATTENDEES AND VISITORS THE OPPORTUNITY TO TO BE BROADCAST AROUND THE WORLD .

 YOU CAN START CONTACTING US NOW BY REACHING US THROUGH OUR WEB SITE GUEST BOOK WHERE EVERYTHING IS PUBLISHED FOR FOLK TO SEE , THROUGH OUR E-MAIL OR FACEBOOK

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Frlly starts of the Cowal Highland Gathering Coverage  Saturday 20th August at 2.00pm with an update 2.00pm Tuesday

For all the latest updates, news, reviews & gossip with great music –IT’S THE NEXT BEST THING TO BEING THERE

 

WE NEED TO SAY A BIG THANK YOU NOW!

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A Big Big Thank you to every one who has contributed in many ways to this years Gala without your support we would not have got this far. You may think it is a little premature with still a few days to go but we couldn’t go any further without publicly thanking you for the support and to report to you everything is going to plan.

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We also must apologise to all the folk who have recently asked to hire Stalls, we have run out of space and it has been very hard to refuse .

It has also been hard to refuse the many performers who have offered their talent to come along and entertain we have run out of time.

Of course we would be delighted to see as many of you as possible if you are that way inclined to pop along after 11.00am and help us put on the Stalls.

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Whether you are just a local resident a local business or an organisation we want everyone to know without your support The 21st Anniversary Kirn Gala would never have got to this point .  You Are …………..in no order  KJamesYolandaChouxmakesCakesCarolStirlingCuttinEdgeEnvirokirn     AFamilyfromTowartargyllprint&designJavaWalkJamiesCoast CoffeeeDunoonObserver&ArgyllshireStandardSalmonDunoonCommunityRadio MarcoPelliciDrHipandtheBluesOperationCowalHealth&Wellbeing                                                                      KirnParishChurchDavidMitchell&DunoonGrammarSchool GordonBlairS/BankChurchArgyllFirst                           CowalCottageBakeryTentS&EventsLivingItUpCaladhFuneralServices KarenMartinCowalCrossroadsCowalDesignConsultants HomeStartCoreComputingArgyllSmileTaylorLeisure                                           KenClarkPhotographyCowalRugbyClubDoonTheWatter

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THREE DUNOON PIPE BANDS TO PLAY AT KIRN GALA

—-Kirn Gala are proud to announce that to help celebrate Dunoon’s  longest Established Biggest Charitable Event, the The Cowal Pipe Band the Dunoon Argyll Pipe Band will for the Kirn Gala Twenty First Anniversary join forces to present a special Set joining the Events Entertainment entertainment which will also include The Dunoon Grammar School Pipe Band. 14054225_1105183256222869_6724986958712691498_n

As reported in the Observer recently Dunoon will only be represented by one Pipe Band this year at the prestigious World Famous Cowal Highland Gathering. Dunoon Grammar School who recently competed  at The Pipe Band World Championships  obtaining  a very respectable sixth place in their drumming performance in their grade.

Until recently we were blessed with three Pipe Bands here in Dunoon  The Cowal Pipe Band the Dunoon Argyll Pipe Band and as mentioned the Dunoon Grammar School Pipe Band.

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Unfortunately The Cowal Pipe Band the Dunoon Argyll Pipe Band are in the process of re-building their bands but are very aware that the absence of the bands not  performing publicly is leading to speculation that there is only One Band in Town.

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Whilst the Dunoon Grammar School are out their competing flying the flag for Dunoon as they will be at the Gathering competing in the Novice Juvenile the two other Bands are working hard recruiting, teaching new bands folk, rehearsing, raising funds for equipment, looking for sponsorship and looking for opportunities to perform publicly.

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GETTING READY FOR KIRN GALA 21st ANNIVERSARY –TO SEE THREE

GETTING READY FOR KIRN GALA 21st ANNIVERSARY –ARE YOU READY FOR IT? …..LATEST NEWS FROM KIRN GALA –SOME SAY HERE IN DUNOON THERE IS ONLY ONE , SOME SAY THERE ARE TWO, COME ALONG TO DUNOON’S LONGEST ESTABLISHED BIGGEST CHARITY EVENT …WHEN YOU WILL SEE & HEAR IN DUNOON THERE ARE THREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

WE SALUTE ANOTHER REAL DUNOON ENTREPRENEUR

–THIS IS HOW IT’S DONE –COME ON YOU BUSINESS FOLK -DO IT FOR DUNOON & YOUR BUSINESS JAMIE’S POP UP CAFÉ AT COAST COFFEE DUNOON PIER

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Jamie say’s “Well as of 10pm last night the fences started to come down and we are once again just a humble little Take away! I can’t thank everyone that helped out enough.
The feedback has been generally amazing better than I ever thought it would be, which I think has made clear that everyone here does want to see a bit of change away from the norm! Two of the objectors to this at the start submitted by outside Parties were ‘if one gets it then they’ll all want the same’ I really hope other business etc make these guys ‘fear’ come true! If you have the space to do something different get planning and do it everyone should get the same if there’s a way to do it And start working away from that mentality! I’ve been told that there has already been talks within the council to support future pop up cafes & events therefore making it much easier to apply and succeed. If this is true it feels like we have achieved so much more than just getting our wee street bar.
From myself and all the staff Thank you again for making it a lot of fun!”
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BIG BOOTS THE CHEMIST IN DUNOON TO GLOW GOLD

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As seen in the National Press and on Social Media We are Very Proud that the Big Boots Pharmacy in Argyll Street Dunoon Scotland will be be glowing gold on the 1st of September to support Childhood cancer awareness. Please go along and see their gold window display, goldtastic outfits and their fundraising. Big Shout Out to Anoushka Macintyre and all the team at the big boots in Dunoon.

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DUNOON REVIVAL WEEKEND 2016 12th & 13th August 2016

 

REVIVAL POSTERHere’s the Official line up from Dunoon Presents for Friday Evening & Saturday at this weekend’s Dunoon Revival 16!!  And don’t forget to come say Hello to us at JAMIE’S COAST COFFEE POP UP CAFÉ BAR AT THE DUNOON PIER LIVE ON AIR

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FRIDAY- FREE GIGS IN TOWN PRESENTED BY DUNOON PRESENTS

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The Turkey Nuts –SINDBADS-9.00PM

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Bahookie Cheek – THE CLANSMAN -10.00PM

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Seaside Sons – INGRAMS BAR 11.00PM

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SATURDAY BANDS IN THE MARQUEE —EIGHT IN A DAY

Parliament Of Owls 2.30pm

The Underground Jam 3.30pm
The Sell Out 4.30pm
Berry Tweed & the Chasers 5.30pm
Dogtooth 6.45pm
Esperanza 7.45pm
Roddy Radiation 9pm
Secret Affair 10pm
More details for Saturday
The Best in Show Scooter Competition will take place on Dunoon Pier before the start of the Ride Out at 1.15pm

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The Ride Out
Leaves Dunoon Pier, 1.45pm Saturday
Up Hillfoot Street
Down Ferry Brae
Along Argyll St
High Road to Sandbank
Right turn at Rankin’s Brae
Follow the Shore Road, past Hunter’s Quay Holiday Village and Western Ferries back to Dunoon
Turn right at the Queens Hall roundabout into Argyll Street
Turn right into John Street
Turn right on to the promenade and back to the pier – end of Ride Out…time to have fun!!!

PLUS OUT OF TOWN GIG WITH LOCAL BAND VEMODALEN(alternative Rock) PLAYING AT THE PUFFER 9.00pm +Support Douglas Macaulay and The Out-There Girls

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GETTING READY FOR COWALFEST 2016 –UPDATE

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CowalFest Argyll 2016 Walking and Outdoor Festival 7th – 16th October 2016 inclusive

CowalFest Argyll takes place in the beautifully scenic Cowal Peninsula which is situated between Loch Fyne and the Firth of Clyde in the west of Scotland.

The hub for activities is Dunoon which is easily reached by road via the stunning Rest and Be Thankful or by car/public transport and ferry from Gourock.

Although only thirty miles from Glasgow, Cowal is a tranquil area with a rich heritage and abundance of wildlife.   The settings for the extensive range of walks could not be better for Cowal is Scotland in miniature and quite simply a hidden gem!

Now in its fourteenth year, CowalFest is still finding something new to offer with more than eighty events planned over the ten days of the Festival.

Walking takes pride of place and all ranges of abilities are catered for. Serious hill walking, gentle strolls, heritage walks, family activities, horse riding and health walks for the less able are included along with Nordic and Chi walking – something for everyone indeed

Evening entertainment includes traditional music and dance, a quiz, talks and plenty of opportunities to sample the food and drink at the beer festival or wine tasting events.

Stay over and enjoy a few days in the company of friendly people who will be delighted to meet you.

This year, in conjunction with Dunoon Presents, the official Opening Day will be held on the old Victorian Pier.

An Ultra Marathon will take place on this day and stalls and family friendly entertainment will be provided on the recently refurbished Pier.

Looking from the Pier across to the Breakwater one of the star attractions of CowalFest Argyll will be on view – The Kelpie Maquettes.    These are the ten feet high replicas of Donald Scott’s famous Kelpies and they will be in Dunoon from the 1st to 14th October.    They are sure to be popular so make sure you come along to see them!

For further information please contact 01369 830 793 or visit the website www.cowalfest.org

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WE ARE GOING TO MAKE DUNOON GLOW GOLD

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Pat Hayes along with her grandson Thomas (who was celebrating his 10th birthday) and best friend Aran joined Victor in the DCR97.4FM John Street Studio to tell the listeners about the worldwide campaign to get public buildings and landmarks to light up Gold on September 1st, in recognition of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, her grandson Thomas who was diagnosed with cancer aged 4 and can still remember a great deal of his journey since then, one that took him to Florida for Proton therapy an advanced form of radiation therapy. Thomas a perfect ambassador for Children’s Cancer Awareness lives in Dunoon and attends a local school. You can listen again as Pat assisted by Thomas suggest how Dunoon Community Radio listeners can help and be part of the worldwide campaign to get public buildings and landmarks to light up Gold on September 1st, in recognition of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

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PLEASE LET US INTRODUCE YOU TO PAT HAYES AND HER GRANDSON THOMAS

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Hi,

My name is Pat Hayes and I am part of a worldwide campaign to get public buildings and landmarks to light up Gold on September 1st, in recognition of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

My family lives in Dunoon, my grandson Thomas Reynolds was diagnosed with cancer aged 4, in 2010.

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I have been working with Dunoon Community Council to organise an event on September 1st which will involve several locations in and around the town being lit up, including Castle House Museum, The War Memorial, Highland Mary, The Royal Marine Hotel, and others to be confirmed.

My grandson will be ‘guest of Honour’, switching the lights on. There will be a lone piper, and the Dunoon Observer will be there to record the event.

I would like to ask if you would get behind the campaign and give it some airtime.

Perhaps mentioning it on a regular basis leading up to September?

The Community Council are totally behind the Campaign, as it shows Dunoon in a very favourable light and is good publicity for the town.

I hope you will support us in this, and show Thomas that his home town is behind him and all the children that are fighting this awful disease. I have added the link to our campaign page for you to look at.

Kind regards,

Pat Hayes

https://www.facebook.com/GlowGoldSeptember/

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ARGYLL CEILIDH TRAIL STARTS INVERARAY & DUNOON

Now Now in its seventh year, Fèis Latharna’s Argyll Ceilidh Trail is preparing for another busy summer tour. Auditions took place on the 7th April 2016 and a brand new line up for 2016 Tour has now been selected.

The Tour starts at Inveraray Castle at 1.00pm  this Tuesday 19th July then later in the evening at the George Hotel at 8.30pm, the following day Wednesday 20th will see Group performing at Uig Hall in Dunoon at 7.30pm. Tickets are available at BOOKPOINT Dunoon

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Morven Macfadyen-Donald (Seil) – Vocals / Flute

 

Ruaridh Litster-Campbell (Ardfern) – Piano 

 

Rachel Campbell (Oban) – Accordion / Vocals

 

Ross Christie (Kilchrenan) – Guitar / Mandolin

 

Holli Scott (Dunoon) – Fiddle / Vocals

 

Emma Baird (Taynuilt) – Vocals / Guitar / Piano

 

Ally MacLean (Oban) – Highland Pipes / Small Pipes / Whistles

 

Andrew Mcallister (Campbeltown) – Guitar / Highland Pipes

This annual ‘Argyll Ceilidh Trail’ programme consists of a three week summer tour packed with gigs all over Argyll & the Islands. It provides 8 young traditional musicians the opportunity to experience work as professional musicians. 

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Following the fantastic response from audiences during previous tours, the group has been fortunate enough to secure a number of other bookings outwith the summer programme.

Argyll Ceilidh Trailers out and about over the summer. Well worth catching a concert or dance with these talented young musicians!

 

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FIRST FUNDRAISER GETTING READY FOR DUNOON MOD 2018

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THE DUNOON MEN’S SHED –A REALITY

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After Stirling work behind the scenes from Argyll and ButeTSI Dunoon office the Dunoon Men’s Shed became a reality when a large group of Dunoon Men’s Shed enthusiast gathered at the newly sourced premises at the old Walkers Garden Centre site on Alexander Street, Dunoon to begin the clearout process.

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The Big Clean Up took just over an hour before donated furniture was delivered. The Dunoon Men’s Shed is receiving good support from local business for which all involved are very grateful. When everything is ready there is going to be a massive launch day event so everyone can see Dunoon’s latest community initiative.

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In the meantime still lots to be done and more recruits required and if you are interested please contact ;

Samantha Stubbs    

Third Sector and Volunteer Support Officer – Cowal and Bute.

c/o Community Education Centre, Edward Street.  Dunoon.  PA23 7PJ

Tel: 01369 700100

Website: www.argylltsi.org.uk

Email: samantha@argylltsi.org.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Argyll-and-Bute-TSI-Dunoon-Office-1591882364368433/info/?tab=page_info

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUMMER PLAY DAYS AT DUNOON PIER

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Dunoon Burgh Hall has announced it is delighted to bring a Theatre and Arts summer school to the newly refurbished Pier Building in Dunoon. Inspired by vintage stories of Dunoon and the Burgh Hall – ‘Glen Banter’ and Morag’s Fairy Glen – youngsters will devise an outdoor performance with costumes, theatre and test out some parkour techniques.

All the workshops are FREE and open to 9 to 15 year olds.

It all takes place at The Pier Building, Dunoon
Don’t forget to take along your own lunch and refreshments.

To book a place contact Jenny on jenny@dunoonburghhall.org.uk

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