Play in the Dark is a light hit

Rutherglen Reformer - - Christmas At School -

Castlemilk Park was lit up af­ter dark as a 1000-strong crowd flocked to Castlemilk wood­land to see the Jeely Piece Club’s third an­nual Play in the Dark.

On Thurs­day, more than 1000 lo­cal res­i­dents at­tended the pop­u­lar event to ex­pe­ri­ence a mag­i­cal jour­ney through the woods.

The wood­lands sur­round­ing the Jeely Piece Club were trans­formed in line with this year’s ‘space’theme, with at­ten­dees en­joy­ing a ga­lac­tic wood­land walk full of vi­brant light and sound.

Sup­ported by Forestry Com­mis­sion Scotland, In­spir­ing Scotland, the Big Lot­tery Fund, Glas­gow City Coun­cil and Glas­gow Life, the event at­tracted peo­ple of all ages. Other ac­tiv­i­ties in­cluded marsh­mal­low toast­ing, play­ing in the il­lu­mi­nated out­door play park and danc­ing the night away to a coun­try west­ern band.

Grace La­mont, head of play at the Jeely Piece Club, said:“The Play in the Dark event has been very pop­u­lar with fam­i­lies since its in­cep­tion in 2014, so it’s won­der­ful that we had the fund­ing and sup­port again this year to cre­ate yet another fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence for the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“This year’s event has bro­ken records with over 1000 peo­ple at­tend­ing to the see the spec­tac­u­larly lit-up wood­lands. Kids es­pe­cially en­joyed play­ing in the play park, ex­pe­ri­enc­ing it within a dif­fer­ent en­vi­ron­ment, adding to the ex­cite­ment for them. We had 20 ded­i­cated volunteers com­mit­ted to help­ing us on the night, and with­out them, or the fun­ders, this fan­tas­tic com­mu­nity event wouldn’t be pos­si­ble.”

Hugh McNish, devel­op­ment of­fi­cer at Forestry Com­mis­sion Scotland, added:“Play in the Dark of­fers the com­mu­nity a great op­por­tu­nity to see their lo­cal wood­land in a dif­fer­ent light. The event has built up huge mo­men­tum now and lo­cal fam­i­lies look for­ward to it re­turn­ing each year.”

All smiles The Jeely Piece Club’s play in the dark was a big hit

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