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 In 2012 Thelma Band had the idea of an event in the harbour-area focusing on families, local crafts and music. She got a positive response from her fellow directors of the Harbour Trust which set her on course to develop a format for Sparkling Dunbar.

The first festival took place on Saturday 2nd June 2012. The festival was well-supported by locals and visitors and was declared an outstanding success. The result was the repetition of the festival in the years that followed.

The festival has grown over the years but still follows the same format. Financing of the event has always been tight but support from local businesses has allowed it to continue on a non-profit basis. In order to assist with the finance and help ensure that the festival remains in the Trust's calendar, the estate of Thelma Band has donated £6000 to the Trust.

photo by John Band

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