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THERE was a feast of fun for all the family at this year’s Kirkintilloch Canal Festival.

Around 20,000 people enjoyed an array of activities – showcasing the area’s leisure, culture and musical heritage.

Kirkintilloch Canal festival 2011'The Legio Vivic Roman legion'28th August 2011'Pic: Roberto Cavieres

Kirkintilloch Canal festival 2011'The Legio Vivic Roman legion'28th August 2011'Pic: Roberto Cavieres

This year the festival was expanded over a week to tie in with celebrations marking the 800th anniversary of Kirkintilloch becoming a Burgh of Barony.

Now in its 11th year, the popular festival has grown to be one of the highlights in the town’s events calendar.

Attractions included Story Week, Get Active Saturday and Gala Sunday.

Councillor Rhondda Geekie, leader of East Dunbartonshire Council, said: “I thought it was really good. We tried a lot of different and new things this year.

“We wanted to have something for everyone.

“Everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves.

“On the Saturday night the Ashoka Restaurant opened up at the Marina which was a good idea and there was a great atmosphere. The fireworks were wonderful and a piece of music composed especially for Kirkintilloch 800 was played at the same time.”

From canoeing, fun runs and boat trips to live music, ‘FayreTime at the Cowgate’ and fireworks, there was plenty to see and do.

Once again the classic cars display was a big attraction, which including a 1950s Alvis TC and a big yellow and white Buick from the same year.