Organisers rubbish claims Summerfest is ‘run by the SNP’
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