BID welcomes Christmas with a bang

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CLARKSTON lit up on Saturday as residents flocked to the Business Improvement District (BID) Christmas Extravaganza.

The event, held at Clarkston Halls, drew a crowd of more than 1,500 for a Strong Man competition, festive rides, performances from southside schools and a firework finale.

The Strong Man competition – featuring three World’s Strongest Man contestants – was won by Vytautas Lalas, with Mark Felix and Ed Hall falling just short.

Visitors were treated to free rickshaw rides throughout the day, and could also browse local business stalls, as well as take part in a raffle sponsored by Clarkston BID businesses.

Pupils from Busby, Our Lady of the Mission and St Joseph’s primary schools entertained the crowds, as did youngsters from Hutchesons Grammar school, Busby Dance Studio, Age Gap (of Greenbank church) and Sounds International.

The star performance was from the local branch of Rock Choir, as well as a spectacular firework display to finish.

The event was a chance to showcase the best of Clarkston as supported by the BID, the aim of which is to boost the area’s economy and promote small businesses.

Debra Clapham, chair of Clarkston BID, told The Extra: “The local people should give their area a chance. It’s great when you stop and look at it, and local shops are often beating the bigger stores in prices and value.

“The BID is determined to create an annual event of this type, and to make it bigger and better each year. If there is a yes from the community a spring/summer event will also be developed”.

Christmas events continue across the area this week – many of which can be found in this week’s what’s on guide.

But before the festive season commences, there’s another great Scottish tradition to acknowledge – St Andrew’s Day.

Glasgow is celebrating the country’s patron saint this weekend, with events running in George Square from Friday.

A free evening concert will usher in the weekend, followed by events running throughout Saturday and Sunday – including a performance by Williamwood pipe band.

Full details can be found at www.glasgowloveschristmas.com.