Canal fun worth over quarter of a million

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AROUND 25,000 people flocked to the Kirkintilloch Canal Fesival last month, generating £280,000 for the town’s economy.

The week-long event, which tied in with the celebrations marking the 800th anniversary of the town becoming a Barony Burgh, has been hailed a massive success by council leaders.

East Dunbartonshire Council deputy leader Billy Hendry said: “We look forward to the festival every year and this year we pulled out all the stops to create a spectacular and memorable event spanning the entire week. We had around 25,000 people supporting the festival and I would like to thank all those who joined us to celebrate Kirkintilloch’s heritage.”

It is estimated the number of visitors to the festival, which this year included a Story-Telling Week, Get Active Saturday, and Gala Sunday, has tripled since 2006.

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