Festival committee seeking new members

THE MONTROSE Music Festival committee is looking for new blood to help it prepare for next year’s event.

The move had been prompted by the departure of chairwoman Lynda Paton who, after four years at the helm guiding the festival to greater success, is stepping down due to pressures of business.

Vice-chairman Nomie Braes has also decided to leave the committee, also for business reasons.

As co-director of the family business, Montrose Rope and Sail, Mrs Paton has decided she needs to concentrate her energies on the company which is expanding into a global market and in the future will involve regular business trips to Holland and Australia.

Mr Braes, who runs the Black Abbot pub, recently took on Arbroath’s West Port Bar as a new business venture and in the coming year will be focused on ensuring that the pub is a success.

A festival spokeswoman said: “Lynda and Nomie are proud of the success of the festival over their four years in office. A number of their key achievements, alongside the rest of the committee, include the vast array of acts that have been seen in Montrose through the festival, the High Street event which brings families into the town, the growth of the youth festival which was an overwhelming success this year and the revenue that has been brought into the town on the back of the festival.

“The number of visitors to the town has grown year on year and they have also helped to attract major acts including The Proclaimers, Deacon Blue, The Average White Band and Ocean Colour Scene.

“Lynda and Nomie’s leadership of MMF has been crucial to its ongoing success. They have been innovative and creative in their development of the festival weekend and other events.”

She added that the original idea behind the festival was to put Montrose on the map as a destination for a variety of good live music which both have done to the delight of its audiences.

She added: “Lynda and Nomie leave open opportunities for others to take on roles on the committee and to bring a fresh perspective to what is a very successful volunteer organisations.”

Ideally the committee is looking for hard-working, motivated members with time to commit to the organisation and applications from individuals with business management experience or with skills in event organisation would be welcome.

Anyone interested in becoming part of the organising team can apply with a short statement stating why they think they should be considered, along with the skills they could bring to the task, by e-mail to enquiries@montrosemusicfestival.co.uk.