The Foundry’s birthday bash

East Renfrewshire Councillor Tony Buchannan with Foundry team leader, Fiona McClure, as Tigger and customer assistant, Stephanie Carer as Snow White.
East Renfrewshire Councillor Tony Buchannan with Foundry team leader, Fiona McClure, as Tigger and customer assistant, Stephanie Carer as Snow White.

It was one of the biggest birthday parties ever seen in Barrhead with almost 2000 people turning up.

All day on Sunday young and old came to Barrhead Foundry to help celebrate its first birthday bash.

And staff at Barrhead Foundry got into the party spirit by dressing up as characters like Snow White, Tigger, from Winnie the Pooh and Harry Potter.

The all-day fun began with some excitement for youngsters with A Bear Hunt and this was followed by a host of activities including the first ever Bookbug session in the Foundry’s swimming pool.

There was a treat for Star Wars fans when they got the chance to learn how to create their own computer game, so they could head off into a galaxy far, far, away with Rey, BB-8 and Princess Leia.

One of the most popular events during the day was the Employability Fayre featuring expert employment advice for people looking for a job and featuring local businesses who are looking for staff.

There was also plenty for lovers of nostalgia with The Street Where I Lived event. This took everyone back in time with old photographs of Barrhead roads, buildings and places along with up-to-date pictures viewed online.

There was also a Heritage Surgery with experts answering questions about old Barrhead and Neilston and helping people with research into their family history.

And sporty types got the chance to try out different sports with the Barrhead Community Sport Hub Club Showcase. There were taster sessions in bowls, boxing, cricket, football, handball, judo and netball.

Anthony McReavy, chief executive of East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure said: “We had a fantastic day at Barrhead Foundry for its first birthday party and all the events held throughout the facility were very popular. The atmosphere throughout the day was great.

“The highlight of the day for us was the reaction from our visitors when they spoke to staff.

“Lots of people who had never been before came along and the feedback our staff got was that they didn’t realise how many different activities go on at Barrhead Foundry.

“And most importantly, they all said they would definitely come back again.”

Anthony added: “Having the first birthday celebrations certainly opened a lot of people’s eyes to the wide variety of thing going on under one roof.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming everyone back again very soon.”