Plans announced for second Thomas Muir festival

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Plans for a second festival to celebrate the life of one of the district’s most famous sons have been unveiled.

Friends of Thomas Muir (FOTM) will hold its second festival to celebrate the 18th century political reformer’s place in Scottish history in September.

Thomas Muir, known as the father of Scottish democracy, is strongly associated with Huntershill House, Bishopbriggs.

The week-long arts and culture event is set to include a folk music evening, comedy night, local history day, Thomas Muir symposium, Hopscotch Theatre show and a walk on the Thomas Muir Heritage Trail.

There are also plans to relaunch the Bishopbriggs Local History Society during the festival.

Jimmy Watson, of FOTM, said: “It is very early days but I’m quite excited.

“The line up is really good, it started out as two to three events but now it’s snowballed.

“The festival is geared towards culture and arts for all the family with an emphasis on fun. It’s about bringing people into the area, encouraging tourism and raising the profile of Thomas Muir and what Bishopbriggs has to offer.

“Democracy was hard fought for and Thomas Muir was part of that. That’s something we should take time out to recognise and be very proud of.

“I’m hoping this festival is going to be even more successful than last year’s.”

The event follows the success of last year’s Thomas Muir Festival, which was organised by FOTM.

East Dunbartonshire Council, East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust, Bishopbriggs Library, the Fort Theatre and Creative Care are supporting this year’s event.

Sixteen festival champions have already been recruited by FOTM to help organise the week-long celebration.

The festival kicks off on Saturday, September 22.

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