FOR the first time in Aberdour Festival history organisers had to stop taking entries for the Donkey Brae Run.

The seven mile race is always a popular attraction in the packed festival programme, but this year’s event on Sunday saw an incredible total of 450 people sign-up.

Darren Jubb was first across the line to win the men’s race and Kristen Lownie won the female’s.

Helen Pearson, chair of Aberdour Festival, was delighted at the record-breaking numbers in what has proved to be another successful year so far.

She said: “It’s the most runners we’ve ever had and the first time we’ve had to stop people from entering.

“We had 450 sign-up, with 430 turning up. It was a very fun day with so many people out and about watching on and having a ball.

“The weather forecast was worse, so overall, we’ve actually been quite lucky so far.”

The festival has all ran smoothly so far with heavy rain not putting locals off from attending the various events on offer.

Helen said: “I’m so tired I don’t have words to describe it all so far.

“We always want to better the festival before, and I think we’ve done that again.

“We wanted it to have more of a community feel this year and we’ve achieved that.

“Everyone has been joining in and doing their bit to make that happen. We’re still going strong and working together to make it as successful as possible.”

Comedy has been served up by Rick Molland, Vladimir McTavish and Ray Bradshaw, with live music nights also proving popular.

The festival programme included the fun day and market stalls, magic provided by Cammy Young while Aberdour Does Strictly was also a highly anticipated addition to the festival programme.

Helen was expecting a large turnout for that event and the entertainment continues in the village tonight (Thursday) with Sing-a-long-a-Grease at Aberdour Primary School.

Set-up by committee member Katie Brown, the school has been transformed into Rydell High for a night in tribute to the iconic film and musical.

Teams are also being urged to enter the raft race on Saturday, with a £100 jackpot up for grabs.

Tickets are available at Aberdour Festival box offices – McTaggart’s, 21 High Street, and The Purple Shop, 59-61 Main Street, Aberdour.

Tickets can also be snapped up online at: www.WeGotTickets.com.