Rock painting and parade for Sea Change 2014

Two pupils at Kilcreggan Primary School have had their designs chosen for a newly painted rock on the seashore in Cove.

Tarra Rowan and Barry Stewart each made a painted model of a face and last weekend, along with KiIcreggan artists Christine Borland and Eleanor Ironside, they helped reproduce the colourful mock-ups on one of the largest rocks on the beach, opposite the car park for the Linn Botanical Garden.

Joining Tut Tut, the landmark painted rock along the coast at Kilcreggan, it is hoped by the Rosneath Peninsula West Community Development Trust that the new addition will ultimately form part of a necklace of public art.

As part of the Sea Change festival, this Friday (June 20) the rock will be formally ‘unveiled’ in the company of Alex Frost, who held the original workshop with the children.

Alex will judge a second competition that night for the best painted small stones by any children while the audience enjoy live music and freshly cooked paella. It kicks off at 6pm.

Alex, one of the current artists in residence at Cove Park, has his own show, The Patrons, opening at Cove Park from 3pm on Saturday as part of the nationwide Generation project being run as part of the cultural programme accompanying the Commonwealth Games.

Saturday morning will see the annual fancy dress parade from Kilcreggan pier to Cove Burgh Hall where there will be more children’s art displayed on all the walls, the result of weeks of work on a maritime theme.

These will be judged by award-winning artists Christine Borland and Ross Sinclair.

Sustenance will be available at the hall in the Mermaid Cafe, and actor Veronica Leer and friends will provide a special entertainment.

Saturday rounds off with a ceilidh led by the Neil Copland band – one of hundreds being held all round the world to celebrate the Commonwealth Games.

This year’s festival finale is back beside the sea opposite the newly decorated rock.

The Peninsula Choir have been rehearsing a programme of sea-themed songs and this year they will be joined by a top brass quintet with a brief appearance by a newly formed ukelele trio who promise they will make up in enthusiasm for any shortfall in musicality.

It promises a stirring end to another packed Sea Change weekend.

Tickets for the ceilidh are £10 for adults, £5 for children and there is a cash bar. They are available at Cove and Kilcreggan post offices, the Café in Kilcreggan or on the door.


  1. .’newly formed ukelele trio who promise they will make up in enthusiasm for any shortfall in musicality’ – Julian, how dare you even that we lack in musicality!! 🙂 we are in fact totally devoid of musicality, but are abundantly endowed with enthusiasm…

  2. That’s supposed to be ‘Julian how dare you even HINT that we lack in musicality’ but we know what you’re getting at …

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