Celebration time to mark bumper birthday!

St Mary's Church, Kirkintilloch 9.5.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
St Mary's Church, Kirkintilloch 9.5.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

SOUTHBANK Marina in Kirkintilloch is the place to go this weekend for a whole host of fun-filled activities marking the town’s 800th anniversary.

Saturday and Sunday (October 1 and 2) have been billed as the Kirkintilloch 800 finale weekend, and a packed programme of events has been put in place.

A spokesperson for East Dunbartonshire Council said: “The hub of the events will take place on Saturday, October 1 at Kirkintilloch Marina between noon and 4pm, where there will be something to suit all the family.

“Remembering that Kirkintilloch was originally a market town, we are delighted to be able to bring over 30 stalls to our Christmas craft fair, selling a wide range of excellent gifts.

“The craft fair will take place over two floors with the top floor offering children the chance to take part in the ceramic experience where they can make their own special badges.

“Parents from Lenzie Primary PTA will also be painting as many faces as possible and there will also be a small cafe where parents can sit and relax while their children have fun.”

Also on Saturday, The Indian Cottage Restaurant will be serving a special Kirkintilloch 800 buffet meal in the afternoon.

And the Seagull Trust is offering free boat trips between Kirkintilloch Marina and Hillhead Basin between noon – 4pm.

Meanwhile, William Patrick Library will host a ‘Treasures From The Archives’ exhibition from Saturday, October 1 to Monday, October 31.

The council spokesperson said: “This is a rare chance to see the Kirkintilloch Burgh Charter and other priceless documents dating from the 16th century.

“The charter is normally stored in the archives of East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust, however, for the Kirkintilloch 800 celebrations it will be on display at this exhibition.”

Also on Saturday, you can go along to William Patrick Library for some fun family sessions, including traditional stories and rhymes (10.15am - 10.45am); costume dress up for children (11am - noon); traditional toys and games (noon -12.45pm) and a medieaval frieze (2pm - 4pm). There’s no need to book, just drop in.

For further details contact Information and Archives on 0141 777 3142 or email archives@eastdunbarton.gov.uk

Meanwhile, the fun continues with a funfair in the Southbank carpark behind the marina.

Kirkintilloch & District Society of Antiquaries has played a major part in the town’s 800th anniversary.

On Saturday, the society is holding an afternoon event entitled ‘A Sense of Place’ in St Ninian’s High School at 2pm.

Saturday will be brought to a close with a Kirkintilloch 800 Ceilidh in Hayston Golf Club. Tickets cost £10, including supper, and can be bought by calling Wendy Mackie on 0141 578 8167.

On Sunday, October 2, there will be a multi-faith service in St Mary’s Church, in Kirkintilloch, at 3pm.

The service will include singing from the children of Lairdsland Primary School, guest speakers, music and the announcement of the Freedom of the Town award.

Before the service people can meet in the church hall from 2.15pm for light refreshments and an opportunity to watch some old footage of Kirkintilloch and of some of the events that have taken place during the year.