Celebrating a political giant at annual festival

Huntershill House

Huntershill House

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A festival celebrating the life and legacy of a Scottish campaigner with strong links to East Dunbartonshire will be held in November.

Thomas Muir - who has been hailed as the father of Scottish democracy - will be remembered at a series of local events between November 13-24.

The fourth festival focusing on Muir, whose family lived at Huntershill House, in Bishopbriggs, with pay particular attention to his impact on

women’s suffrage.

Highlights of the festival - organised by the Friends of Thomas Muir with partners including the local council, leisure and culture trust, businesses and groups - will include a prestigious symposium at Lenzie Academy featuring leading academics, local historians and school pupils.

Cadder Church will host stained glass workshops for children, with two new windows dedicated to Muir, along with talks and music from Kirkintilloch Male Voice Choir.

Bishopbriggs Library will be the venue for poetry readings, pensioners’ afternoon tea and music, a childrens haunted library evening and art sessions.

Meanwhile the Fort Theatre, in Bishopbriggs, will host productions written and performed by Bishopbriggs Academy pupils, Antonine Youth Theatre and Hopscotch Productions.

A Muir exhibition will take place at Bishopbriggs Leisuredrome, while libraries and schools across East Dunbartonshire will also take part in the festival.

There will be also be a folk night in Milngavie, while creative writing on the theme of women’s suffrage will be encouraged at Kilmardinny Arts Centre.

Jimmy Watson, Chair of the Friends of Thomas Muir, said: “Last year’s festival proved to be a huge success, with many events selling out.

“By building on the success of last year’s festival we now have over 40 local community groups and businesses wanting to be part of this year’s festival.”