Southside festival plan wins massive support

New festival may be on the way for the southside.
New festival may be on the way for the southside.

Residents in the Southside have overwhelmingly backed the idea of a history festival following a survey that was carried out by a local MP.

Stewart McDonald, the SNP MP for Glasgow South, launched an online questionnaire seeking input from constituents on the possibility of a Southside history festival.

And the results are in - showing a massive 99.4 per cent of respondents backing the proposal.

Results from the survey showed that walking tours, exhibitions and public talks were the most popular ideas, whilst historical events, industrial history and architecture were also topics of interest. Respondents were also keen that notable women of the Southside should be incorporated into the festival.

In addition, most believed such an event should last a week or longer during the spring or summer months.

Following the results, Stewart said: “The response has been incredible.

“The Southside boasts an incredible history and heritage, and it’s great to see Southsiders so positive about sharing that with the people of Glasgow.

We boast a great collection of historical buildings – such as Holmwood House and Cassiltoun Stables – and heritage trails like those in Pollokshields and in Langside.

“The Southside has been home to some of Glasgow’s most notable characters in history, such as John MacLean and Mary Barbour.

“The task now is to pull together some of the interested groups and individuals to see how we can put together this idea and hopefully get it off the ground. It is very clear from the results of my survey that there is a public appetite for a new southside history festival, so I’m extremely hopeful that we can meet those aspirations.”

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