Festival fun in the Burgh
Staying young at heart
Rutherglen will play a key role in this year’s Young at Heart festival.
Three venues will host a number of events during the nine-day festival, which kicks off next month.
Aimed at those over 50 and organised by South Lanarkshire Council, Young at Heart will include heritage events, tea dances and a varied range of participatory sessions.
The event kicks off on Thursday, March 15 with the monthly tea dance at Rutherglen Town Hall, as well as a special exhibition of Rutherglen in old photos at the library. This starts at 2pm. A step back in time event featuring old games will take place at Rutherglen Library on Friday, March 16 at 2pm.
Residents can get their dancing shoes on when the popular Young at Heart Ceilidh arrives at the town hall on Saturday, March 17 at 7.30pm.
A craft event then takes place at 10am in the town hall on Monday, March 19 before a fabric class at the same time on Wednesday, March 21.
World-renowned guitarist Marco Ramelli will perform a free recital at the town hall on Wednesday, March 21 at 2pm.
Fernhill Community Centre also gets in on the act, hosting a funding fair on Thursday, March 22 at 1pm.
This will give advice and information to voluntary organisations on how they can secure funding.
The New Jersey Boys will perform music from Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons at Rutherglen Town Hall later that day at 7.30pm.
Friday, March 23 will be a busy day, starting with A Great Yarn at Rutherglen Town Hall from 10am.
This will include tips on knitting and crochet.
At 11am Fernhill Community Centre is the venue for an iPad cover making class before jewellery making at the town hall from 2pm.
A colour and line exhibition will run throughout the festival at Rutherglen Town Hall.
Councillor David Watson, chairman of South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture, said: “As always, Young at Heart promises to be a fabulous festival.
“If you are over 50 and interested in the arts then this festival is for you, and we are confident that there really is something for all in this appealing and unique programme.”
Copies of the Young at Heart brochure are available at libraries and South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture venues throughout South Lanarkshire.
The brochure can be mailed by calling The Town House Hamilton on 01698 452 299. The brochure is also downloadable from www. slleisureandculture.co.uk/festivals.
While some events are free, many carry a charge.
It promises to be a fabulous festival