A group of energetic mums have been working hard to breathe new life into Dunbar Civic Week, which gets underway on Friday, June 14.
Sue Anderson, Karen Page and Kirsty Parkin have been juggling their busy lives - including young children, work and even marathon running - to come up with a programme of more than 60 events they hope will appeal to everyone. The community has answered their call, rallying round to stage activities which will start with ‘The Big Weekend’ on June 14-16.
Sue (46), a mum-of-three, was involved with the dog show last year and felt the small band of organisers needed more help. She explained: “I’d like to think we can generate a greater audience for events. There’s 8,000 people in Dunbar who all have different tastes. Our job is to provide a platform that’s well publicised and the community can showcase events, and explore new things.”
She said she hoped they had brought a “more up-to-date” look and feel to civic week, capturing the summertime essence of the town.
Sue is hoping they can build on this year’s efforts, adding: “I’d like the programme to get bigger and better.”
Mum-of-two Kirsty (41), a teacher at Prestonpans Primary School who is originally from Tranent, has childhood memories of Dunbar as her dad used to be involved in a cycle race round the town. She felt the civic week needed stronger impact, adding: “I remember Dunbar being a vibrant place and the atmosphere at Lifeboat Day. Civic Week didn’t seem to have that impact.”
Karen (38), a mum-of-two who works part-time, is originally from Whitburn. She said she wanted to put something into the community where she has now lived for a decade.