Southside Festival 2012: A walk in the park

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SOUTHSIDERS flocked to Queen’s Park this weekend to mark the 2012 Southside Festival.

The sun was a welcome addition to proceedings, and an estimated 25,000 gathered for Saturday’s events alone, which included a parade through Shawlands and Pollokshields, various performance stages and family activities throughout.

Clearly it wasn’t just southsiders descending on the recreation grounds at Queen’s Park, as a vintage bus service running from George Square – as well as through local neighbourhoods – proved a popular method of transport for festival-goers.

The festival fun didn’t stop on Sunday, as crowds gathered for a Picnic in the Park – another day of local music and attractions.

Southside MSP Nicola Sturgeon attended on Saturday and congratulated organisers, and many politicians and community groups – including MSP James Dornan and councillor Mhairi Hunter – tweeted throughout.

Members of the Pollokshields-based Glasgow Gurdwara were also kept busy throughout the day as volunteers manned the stall, and video footage of their day is available on Twitter (@GlasgowGurdwara)

Organising chair Andrew Montgomery told The Extra that the turnout was “absolutely incredible”, and thanked everyone who came along.

This was the Southside Festival’s fifth year, and organisers – all residents of the southside – launched the event in the hope of boosting community spirit.

Share your pictures from this year’s Southside Festival (email address above) and they could be used in this week’s paper.