North-east world championship almost hits skids over toilet paper

Festival organisers Charlie West and Meg Findlay, secretary.

A world championship event held in the North-east almost hit the skids this week … because organisers couldn’t find the correct toilet paper.

The Stonehaven Folk Festival, which kicked-off on Thursday, is home to the World Paper ‘n’ Comb championships.

But the event, due to take place today at 3pm at St Bridgets Hall, was almost canned as it was missing one crucial element – the specialist paper.

Like strings to a guitarist or a reed to a saxophonist – comb players cannot get by without their trusty paper and event chairman Charlie West told the Evening Express how it caused the biggest panic in the lead up to the Folk Festival.

He said: “It was a major panic, because if you don’t have the paper than you just can’t do the event.

“We always used Izal toilet paper and they stopped making it, it was the one you used to get in schools, it was horrible.

“Someone has misplaced a box, it is probably somewhere in a garage so I had to order this Bronco toilet paper on eBay.”

The toilet paper arrived just in time for today’s championship.

Stonehaven Folk Festival is in its 28th year and has more than 50 events throughout 17 venues across the town, including workshops for adults and children.