Replacement Tarbert Christmas tree lights up

Tarbert Christmas treeAfter a public outcry over the ‘state’ of Tarbert’s Christmas tree the town’s Lights switch-on finally went ahead without another glitch.

Following a quick dash by Argyll and Bute Council to replace the first tree, dubbed a ‘match stick’, the new and fuller tree was erected at the last minute.

Although it set the festivities back for an hour, the Tarbert Christmas Fair and light switch on was well attended by Dookers and people from surrounding areas.

See more photos of the festivities in the Argyllshire Advertiser, December 12 2014. Also available online at

Power to the people of Tarbert after tree changed

Atarbert treefter a public outcry a Christmas tree described as a ‘disgrace’ by Dookers has been removed by council staff.

The tree had sat proudly, at a slight angle, in Tarbert’s harbour area for three days before it was inspected by officers and Argyll and Bute Council agreed to change it.

Read about the outcry in the Argyllshire Advertiser, December 5 2014, also online at

Call for help to maintain Tarbert walkway

white shore bridgeA landowner has called for support to maintain the pathways and bridge at White Shore Breathing Space, a popular nature walk in Tarbert.

Vandals have repeatedly damaged the bridge structure and have set fire to a picnic bench at the water, an area that families use in the summer.

For more on this story see the Argyllshire Advertiser, December 5 2014, also available online at

Tall tales at Tarbert Book Festival

Tarbert book festivalTales of penguins, dragons, the sea, seals and Kintyre summers made the second Tarbert Book Festival an exciting two days of fun and thrilling reads.

With around a dozen events for adults and children, the festival attracted serious literary heavyweights in the form of children’s author and illustrator Debi Gliori, award-winning author Janis MacKay and crime writer Denise Mina.

See more photos in the Argyllshire Advertiser, Novemebr 28 2014, also available online at

Phemie’s surprise birthday visit at soup group

phemie 90 Tarbert soup groupA LIEFLINE group for older people this week helped with a surprise reunion of a Tarbert family, whilst hosting a birthday party for a Dooker marking her 90th year.

Phemie Law was stunned when her daughter and son-in-law travelled all the way from South Africa to Tarbert Soup Group to attend the celebrations.

See the full story in the Argyllshire Advertiser, November 21 2014, also online at

Tarbert to Portavadie hybrid ferry is ‘dog’s breakfast’

t44lochinvar1noMaritime experts have branded the Scottish Government’s new Tarbert to Portavadie Ferry as costly and ‘a dog’s breakfast’.

Introduced earlier this year, MV Lochinvar is a dual fuel ferry, which runs with 10 to 15 tonnes of battery on board.

Professor Alf Baird of Edinburgh Napier University has criticised the Scottish government for procuring the hybrid ferries.

He said: ‘There are 10 to 15 tonnes of battery on these ferries. For ships designed to carry such small numbers that is a lot of deadweight’.

Read the full story in the Argyllshire Advertiser, October 31 2014, also available online at

Tarbert harbour £1m revamp revealed

Tarbert harbour improvementsA £1 million redevelopment of Tarbert harbour could be complete by 2016 as the authority outlines plans for state of the art facilities.

Tarbert Harbour Authority has revealed plans for two new buildings at the amenity area: A new office and chandlery shop will be built on the land where the authority’s current offices are situated in a portable building, while the existing washrooms will be demolished and replaced with a modern, larger building.

For more on the plans see the Argyllshire Advertiser, October 10 2014 – also online at

Dave paddles his way to £1,000

Dave mcBride kayak majikA father has raised in excess of £1,000 for a ‘little gym’ in Tarbert after taking part in a mammoth kayaking challenge earlier this summer.

Find out more about Dave McBride’s feat in the Argyllshire Advertiser, August 8 2014. Also on line at

Dookers don their running shoes

tarbert 10kAfter the success of the first Tarbert 10km race dozens of Dookers are donning their running shoes in preparation for this year’s event.

In fact the number of runners in the race and in the Tarbert jogscotland club have doubled in the last 12 months, during which time the race has been named the second best running event in the UK in a running magazine.

To find out more about the event see the Argyllshire Advertiser, August 1 2014. Also available online at

Vikings land in Mid Argyll!

viking festival tarbertMid Argyll’s Viking Festival was a huge success with people of all ages getting involved not only with the rowing of a replic longship but in the spirit of the ‘raids’ on villages around Loch Fyne as well as celebrations and a parade in Tarbert.

See more photos in the Argyllshire Advertiser, July 4 2014. Also available on line at

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