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It said the move is part of its commitment to supporting the local economy.
Councillor Roddy McCuish said: “Over that weekend people can come to Helensburgh, park free of charge in the pay-anddisplay car parks and enjoy everything the winter festival has to offer, as well as socialise and shop.
“Winter festivals in our main towns are big draws and we’re committed to doing what we can to support them.
“Obviously to keep our roads and car parks in good condition we have to charge for parking but we are happy to waive charges to support local events.”
Parking machines in the off-street car parks will be bagged up on December 1 for the duration of the festival. A group of local people recovering from drug addiction will take to the stage to perform a show that helped them change their lives.
The men and women have spent months preparing for the performance alongside staff and volunteers at recovery centre Jericho House.
For many it has provided them with a chance to overcome their fears and build their self-esteem and confidence.
This will be the third and final show of the year at the Denny Civic Theatre, where they will perform in front of packed crowds including their loved ones.
Kathleen McCallion, from Dumbarton, said she struggled to look people in the eye until she began taking part in the drama workshops.
The 31-year-old moved to Jericho House in Greenock, set up by Dumbarton woman Margaret Diamond, in March this year after struggling with her addiction for 16 years.
But now she looking forward to getting up on stage in front of her husband and children, who are going along to support her, and show them how far she has come.
She told us: “I was so shut-down when I first came to Jericho and I didn’t want to speak to anyone or take part in anything.
“I had all these masks that I put up from taking drugs for so long but slowly I started to enjoy the things I was taking part in.
“At first getting on stage was really daunting but now I feel like a totally different person.
“My husband and children are coming to watch me and I can’t wait for them to see me on stage and to make them proud.”
Six staff members will also join the group on stage on the night.
All the staff and volunteers are also in recovery, including Stacey Buckley, 32, who returned to Jericho House six weeks ago after successfully completing the programme.
Stacey said: “It’s a good bonding experience for everyone here. We are all working together and it helps create unity among us all.
“We are all going through the same thing.
“It really helped me during my time at Jericho and that’s why and wanted to come back and help.
“It really helps people grow. It helped me change my life.”
The show on December 21 is titled ‘Jericho X Factor’.
The recovery centre puts on a number of shows and performances. This year residents performed in the successful ‘Another Habit’ and ‘Jericho Takes The Biscuit’.
Margaret Diamond set up the drugs recovery centre in 2002 and has helped hundreds of men and women from across Dumbarton, Alexandria and beyond get their lives back on track.
She decided encouraging residents to overcome their fears through drama 120517JERICHO_ HOUSE_SHOW_001 would be a good method to help with their recovery, while helping to raise funds for the centre.
The shows are written and starred in by the residents and staff, allowing them to address experiences they have faced because of their addiction.
Margaret explained: “It is part of the programme and it helps address some of the issues they face during their time at Jericho House.
“And the feeling they get from doing it is just brilliant.
“It also really helps people engage with their families who come to watch. A lot of the people who come along have gone through the difficulty of addiction with their loved one so it’s an opportunity for them to understand the situation from their point of view.
“It can also help them make light of some difficult situations and make it easier for people to understand.
“It can be a really helpful to help rebuild family relationships.”
Jericho X Factor is coming to the Denny Civic Theatre on December 21. Tickets cost £5. Contact 01475 741950 or 01475 742383 for more information.
We are all going through the same thing. It really helped me.
Looking the part Stacey Buckley, left Stage stars Resident Kathleen McCallion and staff member Carol Docherty
Play The cast of last year’s show