Or­gan­is­ers rub­bish claims Sum­mer­fest is ‘run by the SNP’

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

The or­gan­is­ers of Cam­bus­lang Sum­mer­fest have fu­ri­ously de­nied they are “run by the SNP.”

And in a lengthy let­ter to the Re­former, they have apol­o­gised for the lack of stalls and en­ter­tain­ment at this year’s event.

In the let­ter, which we print in full on our letters page, sec­re­tary Liz Wat­son, says: “We at Sum­mer­fest are sorry that this years fes­ti­val was short of some events, we had made ar­range­ments with Glas­gow and La­nark­shire Cadets for the climb­ing wall, the pipes and drums and the large ac­tiv­ity tent but we were let down at the last mo­ment and could not at such a late stage find a re­place­ment that we could af­ford.

“We also had some groups and or­gan­i­sa­tions can­celling their stalls so there was quite a few empty stalls this year.

“We are also sorry that we are un­able to do some­thing about the mess from the crazy string and coloured hair spray but that is en­tirely out of our hands.”

Liz also warns the event is in dan­ger due to fund­ing pres­sure, again ac­cus­ing the Cam­bus­lang and Ruther­glen Area Com­mit­tee of cut­ting their grant.

Sum­mer­fest chair, John Edgar, told the Re­former this week he felt they owed the com­mu­nity an apol­ogy, but blamed ru­mours the com­mit­tee was closely linked with the SNP for the lack of up­take in stalls.

He said: “A lot of it was out­with our con­trol. A lot of peo­ple said the main stage was good but lots of groups did not take stalls.

“I said on the day that this was due to al­le­ga­tions made against Sum­mer­fest say­ing we were be­ing run by the SNP.

“The only two peo­ple on the com­mit­tee who are mem­bers of the SNP are my­self and Liz, no-one else.

“We are non­po­lit­i­cal and non­sec­tar­ian, we don’t even give po­lit­i­cal par­ties stalls.

“Sum­mer­fest wel­comes any­one that wants to come and work with us, we don’t ask what their pref­er­ence is in terms of pol­i­tics.

“We are led by the com­mu­nity, for the com­mu­nity.”

SNP coun­cil­lor for Cam­bus­lang West, Clare McColl, also dis­missed the ru­mours as rub­bish.

She said: “This is com­pletely un­true. There is no way it is run by the SNP or any po­lit­i­cal party.

“As a lo­cal coun­cil­lor I to­tally sup­port Sum­mer­fest and the won­der­ful work they do, and I know they have started fundrais­ing to make it even big­ger and bet­ter for next year.

“When you do not have the money you have got to cut your cloth ac­cord­ingly, but the peo­ple who came along on the day had a fan­tas­tic time, although I would ask par­ents not to let their chil­dren buy silly string.”

Labour coun­cil­lor Richard Tul­lett, who also rep­re­sents Cam­bus­lang West, was also unim­pressed with the ru­mours.

He said: “I have spo­ken with a num­ber of folk who found the event re­ally use­ful par­tic­u­larly Cam­bus­lang Com­mu­nity Coun­cil who were able to carry out their com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion at a stall at Sum­mer­fest.

“As I have said in the Re­former in re­cent weeks, vol­un­teers do so much to en­rich our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and or­gan­i­sa­tions like Sum­mer­fest, Friends of Cam­bus­lang Park, lo­cal food banks to name but a few are places where peo­ple give up their time freely to ben­e­fit our lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“That to me should be the right fo­cus.”

Thumbs up Sum­mer­fest was a hit with this lot, but or­gan­is­ers have is­sued an apol­ogy for the lack of at­trac­tions and stalls

De­fence John Edgar has rub­bished claims Sum­mer­fest is too closely linked with the SNP

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