Beach barbecue bathed in summer sunshine

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Words and photos by Colin Smeeton

Twice postponing the Brodick beach barbecue paid off last Sunday for the organisers of the event as they, and the big crowd, enjoyed one of the warmest days of the summer.

Under clear blue skies and with temperatures in the mid 20s, the annual fun day went ahead with a record number of visitors flocking to the beach to enjoy the many activities on offer and the relaxed summer party atmosphere.

The day also set another record in raising money for Brodick Improvements Committee who took in just under £3,000 on the day, with overheads still to be calculated.

The family friendly event took place right on Brodick beach with the barbecue and beer tent located between beach goers who built sandcastles and took refreshing dips in the water, and the large grass patch where families set up picnics on the grass and energetic groups played volleyball.

Setting the scene a number of poets, musicians and the rock band, The Brown Noise, entertained the crowds and performed throughout the afternoon. In addition to the music there was also a number of other activities to entertain both the children and the adults.

The putting competition drew a big entry, as did the sandcastle competition while the children’s races on the beach drew in the most participants and  the standing long jump competition.

The Arran Pipe Band, in full regalia, made for an unusual sight on the beach but the upbeat performance added significantly to the occasion and their efforts were well rewarded by a lengthy round of applause from the beach-goers.

A raffle, described by organisers as legendary, ensured that a very high percentage of ticket holders took home prizes, many of them donated by island organisations. And the weather, live music and party atmosphere ensured that the visitors enjoyed a full afternoon that carried on well into the balmy summer evening.

Proceeds from the fundraising event are used by the BIC for the upkeep and maintenance of village amenities including public toilets, floral displays and the boat jetty among many others.

An unusual but well appreciated sight on Brodick beach, the Arran Pipe Band perform at the beach party. 01_B35beach01

Families make the most of the weather and enjoy the beach. 01_B35beach02

High temperatures saw many families taking to the water to cool down. 01_B35beach03

Volleyball players enjoy a match on the grass. 01_B35beach04

The friendly competition of the children’s under four race. 01_B35beach05

Runners at the ready, children set off in the beach races. 01_B35beach06

A firm favourite with visitors, a large entry sets off in the mixed age group race. 01_B35beach07

Kathleen Boag and Stacey Smith keep everyone well fed at the burger stall. 01_B35beach08

Tia McKinnon showing off her decorated sandcastle. 01_B35beach09

A standing long jump participant launches herself into the air. 01_B35beach10

The Brown Noise – Arran’s rock band – perform for the crowd. 01_B35beach11

Arran Fiddle Club tutor Alistair Paul supports Kayleigh Easton in her performance on the main stage.01_B35beach12

Biff Simpson sets a relaxed summer tone with her smooth jazz singing.  01_B35beach13

Arran poet Colin Guthrie entertains the crowd with a poem about a Glasgow cat. 01_B35beach14

Kirsty Hume stands in the middle of her impressive sandcastle. 01_B35beach15

Luca Duncan with his small but perfectly formed beach creation. 01_B35beach16

Warm summer sunshine ensured a huge attendance at this year’s beach barbeque and fun day. 01_B35beach17

As the temperatures rose so did the competition on the volleyball pitch. 01_B35beach18