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Video – G66+ Live Kirky Street Party

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THOUSANDS of revellers took to the streets for the G66+Live festival – celebrating the 800th anniversary of Kirkintilloch becoming a Barony Burgh.

The weather stayed dry for the festival which saw everything from ballroom dancing and choral performances to skateboarding demonstrations and rock concerts.

Susan Murray, chairwoman of G66+Live, said: “It was an absolutely fabulous evening and I think between 3,000 and 5,000 people turned up.

“The Sainsbury’s precinct performance area worked really well. The ladies from Kirkintilloch Miners Welfare Institute were fantastic and the Stewart School of Dance really got the crowd involved.

“The Campsie Accordion Players were fantastic as always.”

There were also a couple of VIP guests with renowned singer, television presenter and former Lenzie Academy pupil Moira Anderson chatting to fans.

Meanwhile, hotly-tipped Kirkintilloch singer Katie Sutherland played a surprise Pearl and the Puppets set.

Susan said: “Moira Anderson was absolutely great. She is such a lovely person and she spoke to so many people who knew her and everything she’s done.

“Pearl and the Puppets were a very welcome surprise and were really well received.”

Meanwhile, those wandering along the Cowgate took time out to look at artworks painted by visiting artist Peter Gibson - better known as Roadsworth - celebrating Kirkintilloch’s history.

The many other highlights included the Campsie Scottish Folk Players playing original compositions marking the 800th anniversary in the Barony Chambers, while Kirkintilloch Male Voice Choir and others played Regent Gardens.

Susan added: “I would like to thank everybody for their contribution - I could do nothing if all the groups and people didn’t get involved to make it such a success.

“I’d also like to thank the council’s roads department. They always get a lot of flack but they were fantastic, working with Peter Gibson late into the night.”

 

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