Rock festival in Oban leaves no stone unturned

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You might not be able to get blood from a stone, but you can certainly host a fun-filled two-day festival with it.

Stonefest, which took place in The Rockfield Centre last weekend, provided an insight into maintaining historic buildings – as well as stone-related games and activities. The event ran from 10am to 4pm on Friday and 10am to 3pm on Saturday.

A speakers’ session took place on Friday, which was also the launch of the Argyll and Islands Traditional Building Forum.

Saturday featured games, exhibitions, as well as an activity for everyone. People were given the chance to try out traditional roofing and slating, stone-carving, drystone walling and stone dressing.

And the youngsters were able to mimic the skills with a different substance – swapping bricks for Lego, and carved soap instead of stone.

Five months into the refurbishment of the main building of The Rockfield Centre, people were also given the opportunity to have a tour of the site.

The event was supported by Historic Environment Scotland (HES) and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).

Gordon McNab, chairman of Oban Communities Trust, which runs The Rockfield Centre, said events such as this are paramount to keep traditional skills alive.

He added: ‘This is to launch the Argyll and the Isles Traditional Building Forum.

‘I am delighted that Historic Environment Scotland and HIE chose The Rockfield Centre. There has been a constant stream of people and on Friday we were very fortunate – we had visitations from Park Primary School and Oban High School.

‘They had a great time. It is great to try to give people an idea of what building is all about.’