East Ren illuminations


VISITORS from near and far braved wet and windy weather for a stroll around Rouken Glen park last week.

The big draw was Electric Glen, a new lighting festival organised over five nights (Wednesday to Sunday) and spanning the length of the East Renfrewshire park.

The event, organised by East Ren council and Culture Creative, was the latest event from the A Place to Grow campaign, boosting the area’s attractions for residents and visitors.

Some of you took to The Extra’s Facebook page to tell us you were heading along – and others pleaded for tickets after the 10,000 allocated spots sold out.

Eastwood MSP Ken Macintosh attended on Wednesday night with his family, and he told The Extra: “What a fantastic idea from East Renfrewshire council and the A Place to Grow campaign.

“My congratulations for brightening up at least a few dark winter evenings. The pond and waterfall in Rouken Glen is a beautiful setting but it was made all the more wonderful by the lights and display, and will hopefully get our kids to appreciate their own environment even more.

“The fact that we enjoyed it despite the deluge on Tuesday night is testimony to the success of this event.”

ERC parks convener, councillor Vincent Waters, said that it was no surprise that Electric Glen sold out ahead of time, commenting: “Rouken Glen has a long-established history as a visitor attraction, dating back to 1906.

“Today, it’s renowned for its natural beauty, geology, archaeology and biodiversity, as well as its social history – and the characters that have owned the park over the years provided inspiration for the Electric Glen trail.”

He added: “Electric Glen marks the start of many diverse projects set for Rouken Glen park, due to a successful Heritage Lottery Funding bid.

“Two new events and activities coordinators have been appointed to work with all park users and community groups – including Friends of Rouken Glen – in order to realise the full potential of the park, and work is just about to start on a full refurbishment of The Pavilion.”

Did you see Rouken Glen in a whole new light? What other events would you like to see staged in East Renfrewshire parks? Share your thoughts on Facebook or Twitter.