Wow… what a festival. The sun was shining and the crowds played their part in one of the best attended Marymass Saturdays in years.
As a committee, we would just like to say a big thank you. Thank you to all those who attended any one of our events over the 12 day period. Thank you for the many positive comments this small committee of volunteers has received. Thank you for making Marymass 2019 so memorable.
A big thank you must also be given to Irvine Carters Society for their work in bringing the parades and horse racing to life once more, with both events bigger and better than in previous years.
This small team work hard all year round to bring 12 days of entertainment, fun and tradition to the town of Irvine.
2019 has seen us introduce lots of changes, all of which have been warmly received and spur us on to keep this momentum going. We launched our brand new website in May and added events such as the Classic Car Show at the Low Green and the Global Village Market in Bridgegate.
We brought open top buses to the Moor, live music, free face painting and balloon modelling to Irvine Cross and we even got our hands on a taller greasy pole. We got record numbers in the paddock and expanded our patron scheme too.
Not everything was perfect, it never is. Problems will always arise and lessons will always be learnt.
Plans and ideas for 2020 are already in the pipeline. In early September 2019 we will review this years festival, gather once more and begin planning for next year.
2019 has been quite some year. Without the help of Irvine Carters’ Society and North Ayrshire Council we wouldn’t be able to put on an event of this scale.
A massive thank you must also go to Danny Kerr, Andy Tremble and Laura Kerr. Many people only see these faces on Marymass Saturday or in the papers, but we can tell you these three are the beating heart of Marymass. They work tirelessly year round, giving up so much to benefit the festival. Without people like this and those in Irvine Carters’ Society, tradition would be lost.
Our final thank you must go to you, the public. Without your support Marymass could not exist. Seeing such numbers line the streets of Irvine and head to the Moor on Marymass Saturday makes all the hard work worthwhile.
See you all in 2020.