Ac­tiv­i­ties,stage and rides galore

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News - Ju­dith Ton­ner

Air­drie town cen­tre was trans­formed into a colour­ful and busy spec­ta­cle for the town’s an­nual fair day.

Res­i­dents and vis­i­tors turned out in num­bers in what or­gan­is­ers Town Cen­tre Ac­tiv­i­ties (TCA) called “the big­gest crowd for years”, es­ti­mat­ing that thou­sands turned out to join the fun dur­ing the course of Satur­day.

Gra­ham Street hosted the en­ter­tain­ment stage, where broad­caster and presenter Steve McKenna greeted crowds and in­tro­duced a se­ries of acts in­clud­ing ma­gi­cian Peter Mer­lin, Reel­time Mu­sic, fit­ness demon­stra­tions from Peak Fit­ness 4U and young per­form­ers from Dance Fuzion.

With closed roads cleared of traf­fic through­out the town cen­tre, the streets were in­stead filled with at­trac­tions in­clud­ing an ob­sta­cle course chal­lenge from the Scots Guards, who also gave a ri­fle demon­stra­tion.

Vis­i­tors also saw owls in a dis­play by Alba Fal­conry, sat on the top deck of a McGill’s open-topped bus, and en­joyed all the fun of the fair by try­ing out rides in­clud­ing the Mi­ami twister, fun­house and bungee jump.

A huge range of lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions, in­clud­ing youth groups and char­i­ties, added to the sights and sounds of the day with more than 30 stalls in the town cen­tre.

St An­drew’s Hospice was among those rep­re­sented, while mem­bers of the Air­drieo­ni­ans Sup­port­ers’ Trust – ac­com­pa­nied by mas­cot Rocky the Rooster – col­lected for can­cer char­i­ties by walk­ing to the town- cen­tre event from the Mag­gie’s Cen­tre at Mon­k­lands Hos­pi­tal.

Young­sters were also able to en­joy in­flat­able fun at sumo wrestling, rugby and “jump and smile” at­trac­tions, as well as hav­ing their faces painted at the busy event.

Tow n cen­tre co­or­di­na­tor Jack Duffy, of event or­gan­is­ers TCA, said: “I’m re­ally pleased it was a good day; we’re try­ing to give peo­ple a good day out, cre­ate a good at­mos­phere and sup­port town-cen­tre re­tail­ers.

“Ev­ery­one joined in and en­joyed them­selves, and what we want to see was the happy faces among stall­hold­ers, re­tail­ers and fam­i­lies at­tend­ing the event.”

He added: “It was a great day but the fair day can still get bet­ter – roll on next year.”

Pic­tures by Stu­art West­wood Pho­tog­ra­phy.

Mas­cot may­hem Rocky the Rooster Fam­ily fun Vis­i­tors loved try­ing out the in­flat­able sumo wrestling and rugby Dance Fuzion were pop­u­lar per­form­ers

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