All my people write here, write now – Scribblers Picnic 2013!

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CENTRAL Scotland’s biggest and best annual music festival and fun day – The Scribbler’s Picnic – takes place on Sunday, May 12, at Stirling Rugby Club.

The fun-filled day has something for everyone. An eclectic mix of music across a range of stages includes the family-friendly main stage, Stirling Folk Club folk room, Be Eventful Acoustic Cafe, River (covers) stage, RoXJam (young bands) stage, Tolbooth new music stage, Random Rhythms stage, Northern Soul disco and Scribbler’s baby disco.

There will also be a performance stage featuring local dance groups and displays by sports and community groups.

Visitors can also enjoy a feast of catering stalls, beer tent hosted by Stirling Rugby Club, commercial and charity stalls and five-a-side football.

There will also be the Scribbler’s Remembrance Wall which will give visitors a chance to leave messages and pictures of loved ones who have lost their lives to cancer, or messages of hope for those who have battled the disease and won.

Scribbler’s Picnic teddy bears, bags and t-shirts will also be on sale, with visitors encouraged to take the charity merchandise on their travels and post pictures on the charity’s Facebook page following the event.

Amongst the acts is Benny Gallagher – one half of legendary group Gallagher and Lyle, whose songs have been covered by acts such as Bryan Ferry, Garth Brooks and Ringo Starr.

Also performing will be local band Itchycoo Park, Stop The Clocks (Oasis tribute band), GT Boos Band, Double Trouble, Tipping Point, Mamas Baby, Debrasco, Audrey Williams, Joe Young and more.

Discounted tickets – and further information are available at www.scribblerspicnic.co.uk – use code ‘scribblers13’ at the checkout.

Some of the first bands/groups to be announced include:

GT Boos Band

Stop The Clocks (Oasis tribute band)

Ryan School of Irish Dancing

Double Trouble

Tipping Point

Mamas Baby

Debrasco

Audrey Williams

Joe Young

Stageworx

Heart of Scotland Choir

Heart of Scotland Junior Choir

Benny Gallagher

iFoundation

Ballroom Gitz

Makadin

White Rose

No Spring Chickens

Big Fat Pandas

The Good Daze

Tumbling Dice

Itchycoo Park

Big Soul and The Impact Players

The Kay Ceilidh Band

Brac’Linn

Jenne McClure Jazz Band

Inside the rugby club sports hall there will be a Northern Soul disco from mid afternoon with dance fans encouraged to come along, get their groove on and throw some shapes. Dance-offs actively encouraged!

Before the Northern Soul disco, the main clubhouse sports hall will feature a Baby Disco between noon and 2pm, sponsored by Alloa decorations and balloon company Party People and Creative stARTS art workshops, who will provide craft activities for the under-fives.

Discounted tickets are on sale now at www.scribblerspicnic.co.uk – use code ‘scribblers13’ at the checkout to get £3 off an adult or family ticket before April 30.

Tickets on the gate will cost £10 adults, £25 family, £5 under 16s, under-fives free.

There will be free parking passes given away to the first 50 family passes sold online before April 30. There will be a charge for parking on the day.

For a student discount enter code ‘student13’ at the checkout. Matriculation or student card must be shown on entry to the event to make discount valid.

For further information about the event please visit the website or the charity’s facebook page www.facebook.com/scribblerspicnic or e-mail scribblerspicnic@live.co.uk

Businesses, charities and local groups interested in taking a pitch/stall at the event should e-mail scribblerspicnic@live.co.uk.

All proceeds from the non-profit event go to Strathcarron Hospice, Maggie’s Centre Forth Valley build fund, Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care and Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS).

The non-profit event is organised entirely by volunteers with support in 2013 from Creative Stirling and Stirling Council. The event is held in memory of former teacher, musician and Stirling Observer columnist ‘The Scribbler’, who died of cancer in 2001.