Largs Viking Festival History
Just like the Battle itself, the Festival has it's own history
The Largs Viking Festival started in the 1980s, as a small-scale celebration of the Battle of Largs. The Battle is also commemorated by the monument popularly known as The Pencil. However, it has grown and grown and has become recognised internationally across the world.
There are numerous references to Vikings in the town of Largs including street names, the amusement arcade and the Viking who stands outside the Main Street chippie. There is also more serious commemoration such as the Vikingar, which is an interactive exhibit with storytellers telling Viking tales and myths and the yearly Håkon Håkonsson Lecture (which was inaugurated by the late Magnus Magnusson in 1980).
The Festival is organised by a Board of Directors comprising local volunteers who are dedicated to preserving the Viking link with Largs. In the past they have been responsible for many events including RAF air displays, entertainment, the creation of the Viking Village, skate competitions and fun fairs for young people, continental food markets and the opening parade for community groups.
In 2008, Prof. Magnus Fladmark (of Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen) became the patron of the Festival following the death of Magnus Magnusson KBE