A summer full of fun

Site manager Mel McKee with Joshua Fry, Lee Bredin, Eilidh Kyle, Blair Skirvington.
Site manager Mel McKee with Joshua Fry, Lee Bredin, Eilidh Kyle, Blair Skirvington.

FAMILIES have helped set a record for the world’s biggest Bookbug storytelling session.

And they were helped by Balamory actress Edie Mcreadie at the event in Eastwood park theatre.



Organised in partnership between the Scottish Booktrust and East Renfrewshire council, youngsters enjoyed being read fancy tales.

Tracey Lowe, Scottish Booktrust, said: “The storytelling sessions offer lots of benefits for children, such as building up their confidence and social skills, and will give their speech and language development a real boost.

“But having a popular character such as Edie Mcreadie from Balamory to add into the mix was just fantastic. The kids were absolutely blown away”.

Meawhile, Giffnock primary pupils won a competition to name a new housing development.



The four winners, Joshua Fry, Lee Bredin, Blair Skirvington (all 8) and Eilidh Kyle (9), submitted the name Hilltree Court to McCarthy and Stone for its new 57 assisted living retirement properties in Giffnock.

They each win a £30 book token and their place in local history, as well as the school being given a donation of £250.

Tony Mayer, teacher, said: “This was a really unusual challenge for the children to get involved in and I know they’ve really enjoyed it.

“I’m delighted to hear four pupils’ work will be recognised as the main name of this development – creating a lasting legacy in Giffnock”.

Claire Dunlop, marketing executive for McCarthy and Stone, added: “Our new development will very quickly become part of everyday life in Giffnock, so we were keen to work with the local primary school to get a relevant development name that would be easily recognisable.

“The children took their inspiration from old Norse language where they discovered that Giffnock means ‘geof’ meaning hill or mound and ‘nuck’ meaning tree or shrub – giving them the idea of Hilltree Court”.

Elsewhere, families gathered at the Woodfarm education centre as it hosted its first annual family fun day.

Visitors enjoyed face painting, a bouncy castle and sumo suits along with the stalls selling henna and beauty products, jewellery and home-made food.