Lord Lieutenant will do honours at street fair

ORGANISERS of this year’s Bellshill Street Fair are hoping that the event will turn into a right royal occasion.

The fair has been moved back a week from its traditional slot at the end of May and will now take place on the first weekend in June as part of the overall switch of the traditional holiday weekend date to coincide with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

And fittingly the monarch’s representative in Lanarkshire, Mushtaq Ahmed, has been invited by organisers Bellshill Community Council to open the event on Saturday, June 2.

The fair is celebrating its 21st anniversary this year and community council secretary Duncan McLeod is hoping that its ‘coming of age’ and its coinciding with the Diamond Jubilee will help ensure it is a sparkling success.

He said: “Arrangements are going well. We are working hard and, as ever, are hoping that people will come out to support the event.”

As usual M & D Leisure will supply the attractions for the event and the Saturday will offer local churches, charities and other groups the chance to run stalls and generate funds. Entertainment planned for the Sunday includes displays from three dance groups which will take place at James Dempsey Way between 1pm and 4.30.

An appliance from Strathclyde Fire and Rescue will be one of the attractions on the Monday and it is also hoped to have a Birds of Prey display.

Anyone looking for a stall at the fair should contact Duncan by e-mail at duncan.mcleod@hotmail.co.uk, by post at 17 Kenilworth Crescent, Bellshill ML4 3EQ or by phone on 01698 749066.