Mayfest will help mark 800th birthday

MILTON of Campsie is making a major contribution to the Kirkintilloch 800 celebrations.

The Village Hall Trust has secured a grant from East Dunbartonshire Arts Council for its Mayfest Culture Festival and, as usual, it is backed by G66+ Live.

Several aspects of the festival programme are of special relevance to the Kirkintilloch 800 celebrations:

n The Art Exhibition (May 13-15) has a focus on original paintings of Kirkintilloch.

n A specially-composed ‘Kirkintilloch 800 Suite’ will feature in the Celtic Folk Music Concert (May 14) and Orchestral Concert (May 15).

n The festival starts on Sunday, May 8, with a lecture on the historic link between Milton of Campsie and Kirkintilloch (with reference to Thomas Muir) presented by Don Martin of Kirkintilloch & District Antiquaries Society.

East Dunbartonshire Arts Council is also funding production of a book and CD. The book contains new Scottish music and the Kirkintilloch 800 Suite, with new compositions by two local musicians (including 45 new pieces of music). Some of the music will be played by Campsie Scottish Folk Players at their concert on May 14.

For more information call 01360 311944 or e-mail:

jwhinton@btinternet.com

Anyone who can spare time to help with Mayfest is urged to get in touch as soon as possible. People are needed to help with refreshment provision, door keeping, setting up equipment, etc.

Don’t miss it!

The Herald is publishing a special supplement later this month to mark Kirkintilloch’s 800th anniversary of becoming a Burgh of Barony.

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