• Supported with a Grant of £8,217 from Awards for All Scotland

  • Linked to the Scotland Homecoming.

  • Our music was supported by a community grant from Angus Council

East Haven Maritime and Heritage Festival - A short film

A short film about our Maritime and Heritage festival which took place on 23rd August 2014. It features our beautiful commemorative music which was composed by Gregor Beattie and showcased at the event - The Haven.


Many thanks to Gregor Scott of Scotstyle music for the film

  • Some of Sylvia Troon's puppets. Do you recognise the Herd brothers and old granny Lyall?

  • Burnside Primary school heritage story board

  • Scottish Folk singer Christine Kydd and Priya Ferguson singing together in the afternoon

  • After months of preparation the big day arrived and so did all of you. You came from all over the UK, Spain, France, Poland, Canada and Australia to support us yesterday and what a day it was. You left lovely comments in our visitors book telling us what a wonderful time you had and this was great feedback for residents who have worked tirelessly over many months. - Thank you!

  • The Arbroath Instrumental Band played our commemorative music
    'The Haven' which was composed by East Haven musician, Gregor Beattie. The music will be available soon - watch this space.

  • After a welcome from East Haven residents, Depute Lieutenant Dr Sandy Mckendrick opened the event. Angus Provost Helen Oswald introduced the musical programme.

  • RNLI Arbroath brought down both the inshore and off-shore life boat to the event

  • Win a weekend with me! Buy a raffle ticket and give yourself a chance.

  • A rainbow over the site during the East Haven wedding at 5.30pm

What People said about the Festival

I have thoroughly enjoyed my visit with you all and commend all your hard work.  What an achievement for the tiny village.  It’s now really on the map. You put on such a wonderful show for us all, with the entertainment, the garden and the book to act as long term reminders.  You must feel rightly proud of your achievements.  The opening with all the top brass and music was a real credit to you. Sheila Twine, Australia


Such a lot of hard work for a small community- fantastic - June Harashneh - Canada


Fantastic occasion. Well done East Haven - happy memories of living here. 

Issy and Ian Cook, East Lothian


Well with the trip north. - Well done East Haven -Dorrie and John Millin - Rampton


Spent my childhood here and have been transported back. Mike Mackie, Spain


What a wonderful day. Many many happy memories of East Haven. The Cuthburts, Edinburgh


Bavado Fasina Pvomocia vejounu! Michat - Poland


What a fabulous event, hope it becomes an annual affair. Used to live here as a child. Great to be back. - Gail Mackie, Hampshire


Fab- well done everyone- love the bunting and the music - Kaz and Jake, Arbroath


Seeing how the smokies are made - Joanne, Conor and Sophie Douglas, Canada 

 Very proud of the village today of my ancestors and those who still live here - Edith Mathewson, Lochgelly


Many thanks to everybody in East Haven for a fabulous event and wonderful memories. 

Fiona and Richard Hessey, Edinburgh


Fascinating History of East Haven

M. McClellan, Glasgow


Very well done to all involved. Excellent display of local history.

Gladys Noble, Carnoustie


Wonderful event. Everything fantastic, music, exhibitions well researched, well put together, Brought back lots of memories.

John Hill, Durham.






East Haven Maritime and Heritage Event - Saturday 23rd August 2014

2014 is the year of the Scotland Homecoming and East Haven  welcomed people from all over the UK, Spain, Poland, France, Canada and Austrailia to the Maritime and Heritage Event on Saturday 23rd August. 

We were very grateful to Awards for All Scotland for a grant of £8,217 to help fund the event.

The event was opened by Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Dr. Sandy McKendrick at 10.45am. Angus Provost Helen Oswald introduced the East Haven 800 commemorative music which was premiered by Arbroath Instrumental Band. 


10am Sand Art/Castle building competition

Puppeteer-storytelling 10am - 4pm

Face Painting 10am - 3pm

Stalls and Exhibitions - 10am - 5pm 

Iain R. Spink - Smoking of the haddies! 10am - 5pm

10.45am Opening ceremony 

               Commemorative music played by Arbroath Instrumental Band.

               Soloist Priya Ferguson

               Carnoustie Highland Dancers - Allison Gentles School of Highland Dancing

               Carnoustie and District Youth Brass Band

Taste of Angus Chef Demonstrations 11.45am onwards

12.30pm - 2pm   -   The Gathering - East Haven Home Coming Marquee 

2.30pm - Music and traditional songs by Christine Kydd

3pm - Sand Art/Castle building competition 

4pm - Raffle draw            

5.30pm - East Haven Wedding

Christine Kydd -

MG ALBA Trad Awards Scots Singer of The Year nominee, Christine Kydd is one of Scotland’s best- loved solo singers, in concert, theatre, themed projects and festivals.

She is a stalwart of the folk and traditional world, a singer with eclectic tastes, and mentor to many. Since the age of 11, playing her first concerts with her great friends in Glasgow, singing and playing guitar she has developed into an experienced performer and musician, performing solo for Scotland’s First Minister, supporting artistes including Christy Moore, Guy Clark and Jean Redpath and working with top producers including Michael Marra, Jack Evans, Jim Sutherland and Calum Martin.

Christine has also sung with some of Scotland’s most highly respected musicians including Alasdair Fraser, Norman Chalmers, Andy Thorburn, Lorraine Jordan, and in bands Miro and Calluna.

Accomplished in solo and striking harmony singing, she has toured and recorded in award -winning combination ‘Janet Russell and Christine Kydd’; supertrio
Chantan, and with the superb Barbara Dymock in Sinsheen, appearing on TV, radio, and at numerous festivals in the UK, in Europe, North America, and Russia, and in various combinations she has supported many artistes such as Richard Thompson, Michael Marra and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Christine will sing a range of traditional Scottish songs, many with a sea and land theme reflecting East Haven's heritage.

Taste of Angus Chef Demonstrations / Food Tasters

Eden Sinclair

Eden Sinclair is Head Chef Manager at Drovers Inn, Memus near Forfar. An intriguing restaurant and traditional inn offering both hearty Scottish pub fayre and contemporary a la carte dining. Eden’s passion for using fresh, seasonal, local produce has earned the restaurant a well established reputation, gaining the Drover's AA Rosette and Michelin Pub Guide Listing. Eden is also in high demand as Private Chef to many prestigious, high-end clients. Eden’s cooking demonstrations will showcase the top quality, seasonal Scottish produce so abundant in this region, with tasters for visitors to try throughout the day.

Arbroath Smokies

Iain R. Spink

Iain R Spink is a 5th generation fish smoker specialising in freshly made Arbroath Smokies and Hot-Smoked Rainbow Trout. Iain’s smokies have been widely acclaimed by many of the country’s celebrity chefs and won him numerous national awards including 2006 “Best Food Producer” and 2006 UKTV Food Scottish Champion

Uniquely, everything is smoked on site using traditional methods dating back 100’s of years.  The hot and juicy Smokies emerging straight from the fire are then de-boned and ready to eat on-the-spot, or taken home for later consumption. Truly one of Scotland’s food treasures!

Sylvia Troon, Puppeteer/Storyteller

Sylvia with a fisher woman puppet!

Bringing the past alive.  

To be enjoyed by families - adults and children alike.  
With a focus on East Haven and surrounding areas, Sylvia will share Scottish stories and folklore augmented by songs, evocative sounds, and her life-like puppet characters. 


Gregor Beattie

Gregor Beattie

Residents were delighted to be awared funding from the Angus Council Community Grant Scheme to enable them to commission a piece of commemorative music from local man Gregor Beattie. Gregor has written the piece which will be premiered by Carnoustie and District Youth Brass Band at the opening ceremony.

Gregor Beattie started playing cornet at the age of nine under the tuition of Michael Robertson in the excellent youth brass scene in Carnoustie. He became a member of the Arbroath Instrumental Band at the age of twelve and in the same year joined the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland, which he was a part of for ten years. 

By the age of sixteen, Gregor decided he wanted to take more seriously and make it his career. He successfully auditioned for the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama Junior Academy and was later accepted into the RSAMD (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) to study a BMus Honours degree on classical trumpet. 

During his seven years studying, Gregor has gone from strength to strength as a freelancing musician and has also found a passion for composition and arranging for brass. Music has led Gregor abroad for many exciting performances in places such as Malta, Germany, Austria, Japan, Ireland and this summer he will be playing in Brazil with the RCS 10 piece brass group and Scottish traditional music students. He has had compositions published along with plans to do many more and recently arranged one of Phil Cunningham’s folk melodies for brass which has been played in Glasgow, Malta, Germany and will be played in the trip to Brazil. 



Image courtesy of Ian Francis

RSPB will undertake a guided walk at approximately 1.15pm


Come and discover the story of the East Scotland Sea Eagles. Follow the tale through highs and lows and get updates on how this year’s chick is getting on. With exclusive video footage gathered over the past seven years of the reintroduction project and family-friendly activities, you can find out how these magnificent birds were brought back.

 This event is part of a summer programme funded by Heritage Lottery Fund to tell people about East Scotland Sea Eagles. The East Scotland Sea Eagle reintroduction project is a partnership between RSPB Scotland, Forestry Commission Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage. Between 2007 and 2012, 85 white-tailed eagles were released on the east coast of Scotland; the first successful nesting attempt was last year (2013).

Priya Ferguson

Priya Ferguson

Priya Ferguson, 14 year old, East Haven soloist will sing at the opening ceremony. Priya is a former pupil of Carlogie  primary and will commence third year at Carnoustie High School after the holidays.

Her passion for music was evident from a very early age and her vocal ability has grown increasingly apparent,winning both the Leng medal and runner up in last years "Carnoustie's Got Talent" show.

She is forever singing at her home in East Haven and regularly posts her own cover versions on her YouTube channel & Facebook page.

Her varied taste in music ranges from Beyonce and Frank Ocean  to Bob Marley & Michael Jackson.

 A member of Angus Centre for Performing Arts,when not singing, she  enjoys all forms of dance, especially Hip Hop and also shows great talent in this area.

Although so young, Priya is focused on forging a future career in music and is currently working on writing her own material.

Children and Families

Lots of activities for children and families at no cost!

Why not start with some traditional sandcastle building at 10am? How long is it since your children got out a bucket and spade and indulged in this traditional pleasure? A prize for every child. Tides permitting we will repeat this acitivity at 3pm.

Sylvia Troon puppeteer and storyteller, wil enthrall chidlren and adults alike with her amazing story telling and clver use of puppets. 

We are delighted to be able to display the Heritage Story Boards completed by children from  Woodlands Primary School, Burnside Primary School, Carlogie Primary School and Carnoustie High School.

We are delighted to welcome Carnoustie facepainter Neona Soutar to our event.

Inspire and educate the chidlren about rare plants and flowers in East Haven. What about the East Scotland Sea eagle? Take the children on a guided walk with the RSPB around 1.15pm

Carnoustie Highland Dancers from the Allison Gentles School of Dance

The children will be amazed to watch Iain Spink in action as he smokes the Haddies on site in his fire pit.


East Haven 800 Raffle

We have been overwhelmed with support from local businesses and individuals who have generously donated to our East Haven 800 raffle which will be drawn at 4pm on the day. In addition to this limited edition print by Jim Dunbar (1of1) we now have over 25 amazing prizes. For a full list of raffle prizes please see sub-page - Raffle.

Carnoustie Photo Group

Ben Leng

We are delighted to welcome an exhibition of photographs from the Carnoustie Photo club who have been out and about in East Haven over the last year capturing all kinds of evocative images.

  • Carnoustie Canine Capers

  • Angus Catacean Awareness

  • SNH

  • Heritage Exhibtion

  • Heritage School Story Boards

  • Heritage Bunting

Carnoustie Art Society

'Jump for Joy' Loretta Dean

Carnoustie Art Society will hold an exhibition of original local paintings. Again, artists have been out and about in East Haven over the last year painting au plain air!

Memories O' The Ha'en

Our eagerly anticipated booklet, Memories O' the Ha'en will be available at the event. 

  • Supported by Red Pepper Events

  • Professional BBQ

  • Fresh Crepes Carnoustie Twinning Association

Some of our Stalls

Brian Scott from White Rose Confectionery Arbroath

Isabella's Preserves - Edzell

Feed Me Full Bakery - Glamis

Chocolate Fountain

Fruit from Scryne Farm

Peter Back, Carnoustie - East Haven Ornamental Jigsaws

Neil Tulley, Ornamental creels. Neil will also demonstrate netting of creels

David Hendry- Pinkfoot Press, local books and Scottish culture

Brian Petire - Scottish Cartoonist and Artist

East Haven Residents - Maritime Gifts and  Memories O' the Ha'en

Ice Cream.   Nicattos Tea and Coffee.