ORGANISERS of East Lothian's Fringe by the Sea festival are "continuing to plan" for the 10-day August extravaganza – despite the coronavirus already leading to the cancellation of Edinburgh's summer arts festivals.

Big names from the world of music such as Basement Jaxx, KT Tunstall and Candi Staton, as well as comedian Janey Godley, have all already been named on the bill of the August 7-16 North Berwick-based festival, with more acts to follow.

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic calling to a halt almost every major sporting and entertainment event in the country and beyond, including Scotland's National Airshow at East Fortune, the Wimbledon tennis championships and also Edinburgh's International Festival, Festival Fringe, International Book Festival, and The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Fringe by the Sea bosses are still hopeful theirs could go ahead.

General manager Jackie Shuttleworth said: “Fringe by the Sea sends its condolences to our festival neighbours in Edinburgh and fully agrees with their rationale that the health and safety of participants and audiences are paramount.

"While we overlap in timings, Fringe by the Sea operated independently from the Edinburgh programmes.

"At our heart, we are a community festival serving East Lothian and are doing as much as we can to provide some much-needed joy to the people of our region come August.

"Of course, we are monitoring all the latest guidance from the Government and will act according to their directives.

"Given our relatively small size, we can be more nimble when making major decisions, but for now we are continuing to plan for our 10-day event from August 7 to 16."

Last year's Fringe by the Sea saw 160 events take place in and around North Berwick's harbour area. Tickets are available via fringebythesea.com