Bearsden folk make first festival a real hit

Bearsden Festival. Old Halls barbeque'With Rev Roddy Hamilton are Iain, Sandy (4), olive (1) and Tricia Robertson'Pic by Alan Murray  15-09-13
Bearsden Festival. Old Halls barbeque'With Rev Roddy Hamilton are Iain, Sandy (4), olive (1) and Tricia Robertson'Pic by Alan Murray 15-09-13

The first ever Bearsden Festival was hailed a runaway success, with calls for it be repeated again next year.

The three day event kicked-off on Friday afternoon with country dancing for local school kids in Bearsden Burgh Hall.

Bearsden Festival.'Bearsden Primary. Commonwealth mascot Clyde visits'Pic by Alan Murray  15-09-13

Bearsden Festival.'Bearsden Primary. Commonwealth mascot Clyde visits'Pic by Alan Murray 15-09-13

And in the evening it was the turn of Battle of the Bands to play their hearts out, again in the Burgh Hall, in front of a packed audience of almost 200. The winners were three piece band Fiesta Minor and the runners-up were five piece Inveroran.

The event had been organised by New Kilpatrick Reverend Roddy Hamilton as a way of bringing the community together.

He said: “It was fantastic, and surpassed all our expectations. Everything was free except food and drink. We had a lot of families there so there were people of all ages there. We had almost 200 volunteers and although they worked incredibly hard, everyone of them I spoke to said they had really enjoyed it.

“The feedback from other people was also very positive and the feedback seems to be when are we doing it again.”

Asked what the highlight was Rev. Hamilton replied, “There was no one single thing that I can single out. For me it was just the really genuine sense of enjoyment. Everyone was smiling and the fact the weather was good on Saturday really helped.”

One of the very popular events was the art and craft trail with around 1,500 people attending. What made the trail popular was the interactive nature of the trail with people being encouraged to get involved and make some of the items they could see.

The ghost trail through New Kilpatrick Church’s graveyard also went down well, with ghost stories being told.

On Sunday Allander Jazz Band played all afternoon adding to the relaxed atmosphere, while other enjoyed a street barbeque. And to celebrate the Commonwealth Games coming to Glasgow next year children took part in a number of themed Games events.

Rev Hamilton added: “It would not have been possible without all the help from the volunteers. We would also like to say a huge thank you to both Bearsden East and North Community Councils for sponsoring the event and helping to make it happen.”

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Battle of the Bands winner Fiesta Minor. (M31627a)

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Runner-up in Battle of the Bands Inveroran.(M31627b)

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Winner of ghost story competition are Marni Robertson, Charlotte Burns, Max Robinson and Fergus Murrie. (M31626a)

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These pupils from Mosshead Primary enjoyed the Country dancing at Bearsden Burgh Hall. (M31616a)

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Pamela Paterson got into the spirit of things in the ghost stories told on the first day of Bearsden Festival. She depiction a bride whose husband was killed when his horse threw him as he made his way to the church. (M31626d)

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Catriona James scares the visitors at New Kilpatrick Church. (M31626e)

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Ghostly stories were all part of fun as Chelsea Ogg impersonates a plague victim. (M31626g)

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Pupils from St Andrew’s Primary School with country dancer Alan Munro. (M31616d)

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Mosshead Primary school pupils enjoyed their country dancing on Friday. (M31616e)

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Castlehill Primary School youngsters at Bearsden Burgh Hall. (M31616f)

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Making the most of Bearsden Festival are these children from Glasgow High School. (M31616g)

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Festival organiser Reverend Roddy Hamilton joined Iain, Sandy (4), Olive (1) and Tricia Robertson enjoying a burgers on Sunday afternoon. (M31640c)

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Commonwealth Games mascot Clyde, visited Bearsden Primary to promote next year’s games. (M31640a)