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Three festivals announced for Annandale and Eskdale

Three festivals are to take place in Annandale and Eskdale later this year, beginning next month, Dumfries and Galloway council has announced.

The Pack Up Your Troubles Festival,which will be held from 28th to 31st August, will feature a weekend of events based on World War One, to celebrate the 100th birthday of twins Gretna and Eastriggs.

The first of the three festivals will include an old-style music hall evening, a World War One tearoom, classic bus tours, concerts, cooking demonstrations, educational workshops and various community events.

The International Sheep Dog Trials 2015 will take place the following month, on 10th to 12th September, at Meikleholm Farm, between Moffat and Dumfries.

Around 10,000 people are expected to turn out to see the world's most highly skilled dogs and handlers compete for the championship titles.

The Lockerbie Jazz Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary with concerts in Lockerbie, Moffat, Annan and Gretna. US jazz singer Melba Joyce and musician Stephanie Trick will appear in concerts as part of the event.

Singer Ruby Turner is also due to perform in Lockerbie and Gretna.

Singer Ruby Turner Credit: PA

“This superb cluster of festivals and events will showcase Annandale and Eskdale and Dumfries and Galloway to great effect. The Council is doing all that it can to integrate the promotion of these festivals to ensure that we attract and retain visitors to our region, to enjoy our stunning countryside, inspiring heritage and the superb music and entertainment on offer. There is a real energy and exuberance about all these events that comes across so well.”

– Councillor Colin Smyth, Dumfries and Galloway Council

“These three fantastic and very diverse festivals highlight the incredible variety of great things to see and do within the beautiful Annandale and Eskdale area. Each of these wonderful events - which give a real flavour of the vibrancy and colour of the local culture here - provides an excellent and valuable opportunity to attract new visitors to get a taste of the amazing range of activities and attractions there are to experience and enjoy throughout Dumfries & Galloway. I hope as many people as possible, from outside of the region as well as from the local community, will make the most of the chance to be a part of these great festivals, which all look set to be unmissable dates for the diary.

– VisitScotland Regional Director Paula McDonald

The three events are being fully backed by £45,000 of council funding as part of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Major Festivals and Events Strategy which will provide £750,000 funding to events projects between 2014 and 2017.

"Council funding of major events creates business and tourism benefits and these three great events provide the perfect reason for staycations this Autumn. Where else in Scotland this year can you enjoy world class jazz in such close proximity to the tranquillity and fabulous craft of international sheep dog trials? We have the Tour of Britain coming through Gretna, Eastriggs and Cannonbie on Tuesday 8 September which will be a fantastic event to experience and the Pack Up Your Troubles Festival is choc a bloc with things to see and do.”

– Councillor Ronnie Ogilvie, Chair of Annandale and Eskdale Area Committee