Uddingston to host festival

Lorna Cammock is organising Musicfest in Uddingston
Lorna Cammock is organising Musicfest in Uddingston

UDDINGSTON is set to host its very own week-long music festival next month.

The event in being organised by village resident Lorna Cammock, who hit upon the idea of ‘Musicfest’ while holidaying in Germany.

The former Castlehill Primary headteacher developed her love of music in her 70s when she was persuaded to learn the mandolin guitar and now aged 81 still regularly travels throughout Scotland playing and has also taken up the ukelele and recorder.

Lorna visits friends in Brandenburg in Germany twice a year and during her most recent trip arrived right in the middle of a festival and after talking to locals decided Uddingston needed something similar.

She said: “Bothwell now has the very successful scarecrow festival, so with that in mind and having seen what goes on in Germany I thought it was time Uddingston had something of its own.

“Music is such a gift and something the whole village can share in so I attended an Uddingston Community Council meeting with the idea and was told just to go ahead and organise it.

“I have been speaking to various organisations within Uddingston and hope to have events happening within schools, churches, care homes, pubs and shops as well as buskers entertaining around the village.”

Anyone wishing to show off their talent is invited to attend open auditions on Thursday, January 31, at 7pm in the Church of Nazarene.

The event kicks off on Thursday, February 14, and will run throughout the week.

Lorna said: “I would like to thank the Church of Nazarene for allowing me to hold the auditions there and extend an invitation to anyone in the local area and beyond who wishes to get involved to join me.

“I have already invited some people to perform but would love to include many more and once I know exactly who is involved I can start deciding when and where everyone will be performing.

“I would love this to grow into an annual event so hopefully we can get off to a good start this year and take it from there.”

The event is sponsored by Uddingston Community Council and given the thumbs up by Uddingston Pride.

Alex Stephen, of Uddingston Pride, said: “We’re more than happy to give our backing to any event that brings the village together and fosters community spirit. We wish Lorna luck with this endeavour and hope it will be a great success.”

For further details call Lorna on 01698 323437 or e-mail lcammock@live.co.uk.