Join Kirky’s 800th birthday celebrations – video

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THE finale of this year’s celebrations for Kirkintilloch was held at the weekend . . . and the Herald was there to capture all the atmosphere.

Click on the video to see a selection of pictures from the weekend’s festivities.

Kirkintilloch 800 celebrations. Boat trips from Southbank Marina 1.10.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

Kirkintilloch 800 celebrations. Boat trips from Southbank Marina 1.10.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

There was a special ecumenical service to mark Kirkintilloch’s 800th anniversary of becoming a Barony Burgh.

Consultant cardiologist Dr Frank Dunn was named ‘Freeman of the Town’ in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the medical profession, his pioneering work in the field of cardiology and his years of caring and dedicated service to the people of Kirkintilloch and beyond.

The service was a resounding success and featured ministers, priests and clergy from various churches in the town.

Youngsters from Lairdsland Primary School Choir performed two lovely musical pieces, ‘Caledonia’ and ‘Loch Lomond’.

Other muscial items included the Concordia Ecumenical Choir and Strathclyde Police Pipe Major Duncan Nicholson, who played the haunting ‘Highland Cathedral’.

The service also featured the William Muir poem ‘Old Cross Stane’, recited by Craig McEwan.

Afterwards a plaque was unveiled outside and local schoolchildren released 800 balloons.

Sunday’s service marked the end of a weekend of celebrations in the town in recognition of the 800th anniversary.

On Saturday there was a Christmas Fair at Southbank Marina and boat trips organised by the Seagull Trust, and a ‘Treasures from the Archives’ exhibition was launched in William Patrick Library.

Also on Saturday afternoon an estimated 150 people went along to St Ninian’s High School for the fascinating ‘A Sense of Place’ talk and multi-media display organised by Kirkintilloch & District Society of Antiquaries.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “This has been a wonderful year for the people of Kirkintilloch. As a community event I am delighted that community groups, schools, nurseries, sports groups and council services all played their part in making the Kirkintilloch 800 celebrations a resounding success.

“I would like to thank every one who took part in making this year a special year in the community of Kirkintilloch.”