Bearsden is all set for its first ever arts festival!

New Kilpatrick Church, Bearsden,'Rev Roddy Hamilton  with Volunteers Andrew Picken, Sarah Young, Nancy Masson and Sally Mudge'Photo by Paul Mc Sherry 10th Sept 2013.

New Kilpatrick Church, Bearsden,'Rev Roddy Hamilton with Volunteers Andrew Picken, Sarah Young, Nancy Masson and Sally Mudge'Photo by Paul Mc Sherry 10th Sept 2013.

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Bearsden is buzzing with talk about its first ever arts festival which is held this weekend - and last minute preparations are still being made.

A host of great events are planned for the festival, which starts on Friday and ends on Sunday and is being run by Reverend Roddy Hamilton of new Kilpatrick Church in Bearsden.

This includes an Arts and Crafts Trail on Saturday, September 14 from 10am to 4pm which has been organised by Rosie Small.

Rev. Hamilton said: “All the preparations are going well.

“The festival map will be available at the weekend at events.

“We’ve also got a few surprises such as helium balloons, face painting and special cupcakes.

“The big concert on Saturday is shaping up well with choirs from the local area coming along to encourage the whole audience to join in with songs from musical shows through the decades from South Pacific to more modern ones.

“There’s also a music workshop from 3pm to 6pm in the afternoon for anyone who wants to try out the songs first.

“There’s some really good stuff happening on a very small budget and a whole lot of people giving their time for free and a massive amount of goodwill from everyone including the traders who are providing the food for the street barbecue.

“We’d like to thank everyone who is helping out this year - we really do appreciate it and we hope this is the start of many more festivals being held in Bearsden in the future.”

The festival kicks off on Friday afternoon and evening with a country dance ceilidh for local schoolchildren in Bearsden Burgh Hall.

Hundreds of children have been learning Scottish Country Dance for weeks for this event which is being sponsored by Bearsden South Community Council. There will be a battle of the bands in the evening from 7pm to 10pm and entry is free.

People can also join in a spooky ghost walk from 9.30pm onwards through the graveyard at New Kilpatrick Church on Friday when a variety of ghost stories will be told.

There will be a great variety of food at a street barbecue on Sunday at Bearsden Cross from 2pm to 4pm, live music, stalls and potted sports with a Commonwealth theme at Bearsden Primary on Sunday - with an appearance by their mascot Clyde.

To think about peace in the world head along to All Saints Church for an audio visual presentation and communal art installation to mark the United Nations International Peace Day on September 21.