Overstrand Executive Mayor, Alderman Dudley Coetzee, officially opened the Whale Festival in Hermanus last night.
This annual festival starts today, and runs until Sunday afternoon.
The following are excerpts of his speech:
It is an honour and an absolute delight to be standing before you tonight to welcome to all to this the 27th annual Whale Festival. Hermanus as the hub of the Overstrand, once again bears the distinct pleasure of playing host to this highly acclaimed event.
This year, visitors will be treated to a full festival programme. One, that is marked by the splendor of quality crafters, sumptuous food and wine, great sporting activities and entertainment of a caliber that exceeds even those previously presented.
While the whales will always remain the star performers, these mammoth marine beauties will share the stage with a host of performing artists over the duration of the festival. Some of the highlights include Good Hope FM