The Kelpies Are Koming – to Dunoon!

The Kelpies Are Koming – to Dunoon!


As you may be aware, the mini Kelpies (the Maquettes) are coming for a visit to Dunoon from Saturday 1st to Thursday 13th October 2016.  They have to go home to their stables on Friday 14th!

There will be an opening ceremony on Saturday 1st October from 5.30pm to 8.00pm (depending on darkness) when, with thanks to the Rotary Club Dunoon and their compatriots down South, the Kelpies will be lit up.

For the opening ceremony, the actor David Hayman will be the guest of honour and will perform the opening ceremony.  The Head Boy and Head Girl from Dunoon Grammar School will also be present.  During September the school children have had the opportunity to take part in a Kelpies Poster competition having been provided with outlines of the Kelpies to colour in (thanks to local artist Jan Ferguson).               Judging will be undertaken by Jan and the team from the Burgh Hall pop up shop and prizes for the winners will be presented at the opening ceremony – the winning posters will be displayed in the building on the Victorian Pier, which is where the ceremony will take place.

In addition, one of the Clydesdale horses that modelled for the Kelpies (Baron) will make an appearance, along with Margaret Eccles’ Shetland ponies – we might even have Police Horses present!

Dunoon Grammar School Pipe Band will be providing the music and you might even see a pirate or two wondering around!

The schedule for viewing the Kelpies up close and personal is below:

Saturday 1st – opening – 5.30pm – 8.00 pm

Sunday 2nd – 12.00pm – 5pm

Monday/Tuesday/Thursday -3rd/4th/6th – 10.00am – 5.00pm

Wednesday/Friday – 5th and 7th – 12.00 noon – 7.00pm

Saturday 8th – 10.00am – 7.00pm

Sunday 9th – 12.00pm – 5.00pm

Monday/Tuesday – 10th/11th & 13th – 10.00am to 5.00pm

Wednesday 12th – 12.00 noon – 7.00pm

Thursday 13th – 10.00 am – 4.00pm

There might be something special happening the night before their return to their stables – keep watching the press and Facebook to find out!

In order to cover the cost of the Kelpies’ long journey all the way from outer Falkirk, there will be a minimum donation of £1.00 for adults (children under 16 are free) to view them close up on the Breakwater. That will let everyone see them up close up and to take as many photos as you wish.  Each night the Kelpies will be lit with a different colour so look out for that!

In addition, Councillor Gordon Blair and local musicians are providing musical interludes on the Victorian Pier from 5:00pm to 7:00pm on each of the following evenings: Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights in the first week and Monday and Wednesday in the second week.

Terrific thanks must go to all the people who have supported this either with donations or time including but not limited to Argyll & Bute Council, Community Councils, Cowalfest, Argyll Cruising, those mentioned above, the school teachers and schools, the musicians and those who have made personal donations one way or another.

It could not have been done without you!

So altogether some wonderful entertainment whilst the Kelpies are here!  Make sure you come to see them.

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