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It has become such a fixture in recent times that it was fairly shocking to learn of Best of the West being called off for this year.
The dates had been announced, accommodation booked and there seemed to be no reason why it would not go ahead as it had for eight years.
The council claims that its contributions amounted to so little that their removal could have made little difference to the three-day festival.
Organisers are clearly irritated by the fact Best of the West was not deemed worthy of additional council event funding – amid stiff competition and a tight council budget.
Whatever the ins and outs, the sudden loss of this festival is a blow to the local economy. Hotels, pubs, B&Bs, shops and everyone in between saw some benefit around Inveraray and beyond.
We wish Tarbert and Skipness Community Trust all the best on its venture within the old Tourist Information Centre.
Our thoughts are with the families and friends of Duncan, Przemek and everyone affected on the first anniversary of the Nancy Glen tragedy.