Don't want to be a doom and gloom merchant and I, indeed have some of that spirit of which you speak. However, when the town is crowded with thousands of extra bodies, as in Folk Week surely the ferry service will be stretched to breaking (or sinking) point? I tried to get the shuttle bus from outside the Endeavour yesterday and after queueing for about 5 minutes, still couldn't get on because of the volume of people. Also there was a long queue for the ferry. Had to get a taxi 'cos I was running short of parking time. It's notable that the bus was a single decker. Surely a double would be better? Another concern are the problems which may be experienced by less-able people. It may be OK for fit folks to walk the 25 minutes round trip and no doubt very bracing. However, not all are capable of doing that a couple of times a day! Also, will these services (bus and ferry) be available till late, when the pubs shut? I shall still be there to enjoy the festival whatever happens, as I have for the last 35 years, but unless the bridge is operational I anticipate some aching legs, inconvenience and a slightly thinner wallet.