Plans finalised for Bearsden Festival

Excitement is building as the events and attractions have been finalised for the inaugural Bearsden Festival on September 13 - 15.

The jamboree is the brainchild of New Kilpatrick Church minister Reverend Roddy Hamilton, who set up a team of people to organise it.

Traders and local people have rallied round to offer support for the festival.

Rev. Hamilton hopes the event will put the area in the spotlight and attract people to the town and that it will be the first of many to be held in Bearsden.

He said: “We’ve gathered loads of ideas and have a great sense of what is possible.

“We need to keep reminding ourselves this is just a pilot, but we are sure it is going to be a great event.”

Events planned include: on Friday, September 13 ‑ a country dance/ceilidh for schoolchildren in the Burgh Hall in the morning and afternoon.

A Battle of the Bands will be held in the Burgh Hall in the evening and there will be a ghost walk around the graveyard at night.

On Saturday, September 14 there will be an arts and crafts trail at New Kilpatrick Church Halls in the morning and afternoon.

There will be a concert workshops at New Kilpatrick Halls in the afternoon and a concert at New Kilpatrick Church in the evening.

On Sunday, September 15, there will be a street barbecue at Bearsden Cross between 2pm to 4pm.

There will also be potted sports and assorted stalls in Bearsden Primary School’s playground.

A Festival Service will be held in New Kilpatrick Church in the evening.

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Don’t miss the next Milngavie and Bearsden Herald - out on Thursday, September 5 - for a full run down of events at the festival and the art trail and check out our website for updates.