Sun shines on Summerfest
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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.”
Beautiful Little Fix dazzled when they took to the stage at Cambuslang’s Summerfest
Parade Councillors Walter Brogan and Clare McColl dressed to impress as they took part in procession through Main Street