Fes­ti­val fun in the Burgh

Stay­ing young at heart

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

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

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