A fair day for a big parade

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THE crowds flocked to Eaglesham on Saturday for the village’s annual fair.

The festivities began with a colourful ‘World of sport’ themed fancy dress procession by children from local organisations and schools.

Olympian and team GB women’s volleyball captain Lynne Beattie - a former Mearns Castle pupil originally from the village - judged the floats, with the Brownies winning the £300 prize.

Miss Beattie adressed the crowd, thanking them for their support.

Other highlights included the crowning of Fair Queen Emily Wallace, accompanied by Fair Princess Rachel McNicol and Attendants Archie McFarlane and Elliot Carter – all voted for by fellow pupils.

Top crowd-pleasers included breathtaking horse stunt team Riders of the Storm, awesome chainsaw sculpture demonstrations from Jonny Stableford and the award-winning 1st Troon BB Pipe Band.

There was all sorts of entertainment for the kids, including a play bus, bouncy castles, fairground rides, bungee jumps and a climbing wall, to name but a few.

In the evening, a night of celebrations was held in the marquee, led by popular band The Receivers.

The fair closed on Sunday evening with a free performance in the Montgomery Hall by internationally renowned musicians Vangel – Ian Walker and Jimmy Scott.

Fair organising committee chairman Geoff Greenlaw told The Extra : “Once again, local people have shown tremendous support for the village fair.

“We believe we had as many as 8000 people turn up. They came with smiles on their faces and enjoyed a great day out.

“I would like to thank all those who helped make the day such a success – from the businesses and ‘friends of the fair’ who gave funds to the committee and dozens of volunteers.

“We are particularly indebted to the Whitelee Windfarm Fund. Their generous grant has ensured a 
successful day.

“Eaglesham fair goes from strength to strength. I’m sure the next fair in 2015 will prove that.”