Sun shines on Sum­mer­fest

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Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Edel Ke­nealy

Thou­sands of peo­ple turned out to Cam­bus­lang Main Street for one of the best, busiest and sun­ni­est Sum­mer­fests in re­cent years.

The town’s an­nual fes­ti­val saw hun­dreds of lo­cal fam­i­lies dance to One Di­rec­tion and Lit­tle Mix hits as two trib­ute bands took to the stage on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

Lit­tle Fix belted out smash hits such Black Magic, DNA, Salute and Wings, whilst One and Only Di­rec­tion en­ter­tained with favourites in­clud­ing Best Song Ever, His­tory, Steal My Girl and What Makes You Beau­ti­ful.

The bands were among sev­eral acts to take to the stage as the com­mu­ni­ties of Cam­bus­lang and Half­way en­joyed a day out for all the fam­ily.

A total of 46 stalls were erected along Main Street, with or­gan­i­sa­tions such as Healthy n Happy Com­mu­nity Trust, Cam Glen Ra­dio Sta­tion, Vaslan and LEAP on hand to help pro­vide fun ac­tiv­i­ties.

There was face paint­ing, bouncy cas­tles, ad­ven­ture rides and a kids cor­ner with games for small chil­dren.

A high­light for many on the day was the awards cer­e­mony which saw nine peo­ple recog­nised for their con­tri­bu­tion to the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Hosted by Coun­cil­lor Wal­ter Bro­gan, the event saw awards dished out to: Elaine Sch­wab, vol­un­teer with LEAP’s Re­volve Project, Anne Marie McCon­nell, head teacher at St Cadoc’s Pri­mary School, Barry Keenan, vol­un­teer with Handy Folk, Marie Hays and Mar­garet Trainer, vol­un­teers at St Bride’s Af­ter­noon Club, An­drew McKenna and Frazer Kennedy, who have achieved the Boys’ Bri­gade’s Queen’s Badge and de­liv­ered a num­ber of pro­grammes to young peo­ple in the town, Ali­son Black, who works on com­mu­nity en­gage­ment with Healthy n Happy, and Flo Aitken who has ded­i­cated years to Flem­ming­ton Hall­side Church.

Clare Haughey MSP and Mar­garet Fer­rier MP were amongst those who pre­sented awards on the day.

Clare, MSP for Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang, said: “It’s fan­tas­tic to see all the com­mu­nity come to­gether. At the awards cer­e­mony it was good to see so many lo­cal peo­ple be­ing re­warded for their work in the com­mu­nity. They are un­sung he­roes. I got to chat to them be­fore the cer­e­mony and it was in­ter­est­ing to learn about the work they do in the com­mu­nity day in, day out, work that peo­ple of­ten don’t re­alise is be­ing done by vol­un­teers.”

Mar­garet Fer­rier MP, who do­nated £1,000 to the event, said: “With a name like Sum­mer­fest, it’s great that it is sunny and warm. Every­one seems to be en­joy­ing them­selves. It’s great see th­ese ad­di­tional acts, the One Di­rec­tion trib­ute band and Lit­tle Fix this year and the rest of the stalls.

“It’s re­ally good to see the peo­ple from Half­way and Cam­bus­lang come to­gether to en­joy a day like to­day, that’s what it is all about.”

John Edgar, chair­man of the Sum­mer­fest com­mit­tee, thanked all those who helped or­gan­ise the event and pro­vided fi­nan­cial sup­port in the face of on­go­ing cuts in fund­ing.

He said: “The peo­ple come first. We make no money from it, ev­ery­thing we make goes back into the com­mu­nity.

“We want to thank Derec Thomp­son and Scott Garvie, of Trib­ute Act En­ter­tain­ment, for pro­vid­ing One and Only Di­rec­tion and Lit­tle Fix for free.

“The weather has brought peo­ple out and it looks like a big­ger crowd than last year.

“It has been a fan­tas­tic day, we had a few hic­cups with the gen­er­a­tor but I think every­one has had a good time.”

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Beau­ti­ful Lit­tle Fix daz­zled when they took to the stage at Cam­bus­lang’s Sum­mer­fest

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Pa­rade Coun­cil­lors Wal­ter Bro­gan and Clare McColl dressed to im­press as they took part in pro­ces­sion through Main Street

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