Taking a stroll 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.

Thousands turned out for fun in the sun.

Thousands turned out for fun in the sun.

And 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.

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