Celebrating 100 years of Westerton Garden Suburb

Westerton 100th birthday 'Having tea Janice kennedy, Kim Gilgour, Fay feerick and Emily Feerick'20th April 2013'Pic: Roberto Cavieres
Westerton 100th birthday 'Having tea Janice kennedy, Kim Gilgour, Fay feerick and Emily Feerick'20th April 2013'Pic: Roberto Cavieres

WESTERTON village was transported back in time at the weekend for its centenary celebrations of the garden suburb when many people turned up in Edwardian costume for a special event at the town hall.

Hundreds of residents went along as well as local MP Jo Swinson, MSP Fiona McLeod and councillors Keith Small, Vaughan Moody and Manjinder Shergill.

There were lots of very authentic outfits on the day - and performer Graham Benson arrived on a penny farthing bicycle.

Fiona McLeod MSP dressed as a suffragette and volunteered, along with a few other women, to be chained to the railings outside while waving placards with ‘Votes for Women’ written on them. Westerton Care Home was so impressed with the banners that it asked if it could keep one to get it framed and erected in the home.

Ms McLeod, who also enjoyed an afternoon tea on the day and the ceilidh at night, said: “What a truly fantastic day we had.

“The whole village must have turned out at some point in the day’s festivities with so many people taking the time to dress up in Edwardian costumes and the penny farthing bike was the icing on the cake.

“I have lived in Westerton for more than half the time the village has been in existence, but it is testament to the continuing close knit community feeling that so many people turned out who may only have lived locally for a much shorter time.”

Visitors enjoyed looking at old photographs of the village and a collection of old toys loaned to them from Glasgow Museums. There was also a performance of old songs by local singer Karena Kennedy and a Punch and Judy show for children in the library.

One of the organisers, Kim Kilgour, said: “The day was a fantastic success and it just shows what a fantastic community spirit there is in Westerton.

“The event brought generations together to celebrate the unique garden suburb.”

Westerton in Bloom was also launched on the day with the aim of planting flowers throughout the village.

The Westerton 100 committee are going to take the artwork they created and banners to the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday, October 1 to exhibit them for a week and Ms McLeod hopes to have a Members Debate the same week - she has submitted a motion to celebrate the overwhelming community spirit shown on Saturday.

More events are going to be held throughout the year for more information go to www.westertonvillage.org.uk

Also many thanks to Rummage dress shop and Mad hatter hat hire in Milngavie for the loan of an outfit for reporter Laura Sturrock on the day.