Setting sail for a whole weekend of festivities

Kirkintilloch Canal Festival  2014
Kirkintilloch Canal Festival 2014

Canal cruises, classy crooners and the chance to walk on water are among the attractions at this weekend’s Kirkintilloch Canal Festival.

Thousands of people will descend on the town for Get Active Saturday and Gala Sunday (August 29 and 30) - with a range of entertainment, activities and culture to choose from all over the town.

Highlights include Get Active Saturday, which will feature a range of activities including cycling, canoeing, spin art, roller skating, a climbing wall, water rollerz, a funfair, a fishing competition, a 1940s tea party, a fancy dress competition, storytelling, children’s arts and crafts ,and tours of the new Lairdsland Primary School.

On Saturday evening there will be a concert and fireworks spectacular from 7pm at Kirkintilloch Marina, featuring classically-trained Scottish musician Shona Brown and crowd-pleasing songs from The Jersey Boys.

The fireworks start at 9.30pm.

The next day will see Gala Sunday take over the town, featuring live music, a food and drink market, classic cars, a funfair, street theatre, a dog show, a land train, Kirkintilloch Male Voice Choir ‘pop-ups’, 1940s hair and make-up, arts and crafts, a model flying club display, Punch and Judy shows, water orbs and much more.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “Excitement is building as we approach the Canal Festival weekend - with thousands of people expected for Get Active Saturday and Gala Sunday.

“There’s something for everyone - from live music to classic cars, children’s activities to street theatre - and I hope as many people aspossible come along and join in the fun.

“It’s a fantastic week for the town and I’m pleased that local businesses, hostelries and shops are joining with us to cater for the many visitors, with activities taking place around the town centre.”

The annual celebration is organised by East Dunbartonshire Council and partners such as the Leisure and Culture Trust, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue, Kirkintilloch Baptist Church, the Regent Centre, Kirkintilloch Campus New College Lanarkshire, Seagull Trust and the Forth and Clyde Canal Society.

Businesses are being asked to get involved by dressing their shop-front windows to allow members of the community to vote for the best-dressed canal-themed window.

Scott Hill, Chair of EDLC Trust, said: “I’m really forward to the festival finale this weekend, with a terrific range of entertainment, activities and culture on offer.

“I’m pleased that we have once again joined with the council to help make this year bigger and better than ever.”

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