Among the highlights of the Festival are the lunches in the Peedie Kirk Hall. It’s an opportunity to enjoy local food, look at works by local artists, and enjoy a chat with friends…
Each day at 1 pm there is the One O’Clock Toast. This is a toast to a well-known person from Orkney, from recent times or the more distant past, given by someone who knows them well. There are insights from family members, descendants, and people with a deep knowledge of the life and times of someone who has made an impact on Orkney and beyond.
The subjects range widely from year to year – writers such as Eric Linklater and Ann Scott-Moncrieff, mariners like Capt. John Hourie and Capt. Robbie Sutherland, scholars including the folklorist Ernest W. Marwick and the botanist James Sinclair; pioneers such as William Reid Tullock in motoring and Murdoch Mackenzie; medical figures, among them Dr Rena Marwick and Dr Jessie Bond; and in the arts, the photographer Gunnie Moberg and the actor Robert Shaw.
This year’s toasts will include the artist Sylvia Wishart; Bessie Millie, “Stromness’s first renewables entrepreneur”; Elizabeth Miller, proprietrix of The Orcadian, 1944-1982; Christian Robertson, 19th-century shipping agent; Catherine Tulloch of North Ronaldsay and her journey to the World’s Fair of 1893; and Anne Leith Brundle, first curator of Orkney’s archaeology.