All the fun of the Bellshill fair

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It was community celebration time in Bellshill last weekend when the town staged its traditional street fair.

Organised by Bellshill Community Council, the event featured the usual variety of activities from stalls and displays to rides and entertainment.

This year’s opening ceremony on the Saturday was performed by Shona Kerr, daughter of the late Margaret Gibb who was known throughout the area for her work over 40 years as a playgroup organiser which earned her a People’s Community Champion award.

The programme for the Saturday centred around the stalls run by a variety of local groups to raise funds or promote themselves.

On the Sunday fairgoers were entertained by three dance groups who too to the stage to give displays - Carol McLean (CM Dance Academy), Nadia Henry (Maureen McLaughlin & Nadia Brown Dance Academy) and Leanne Bence (Signature Dance Squad).

And on Monday the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service went along with their fire appliance and a gazebo where they had various handouts on fire safety and road safety.

Duncan McLeod, Bellshill Community Council secretary and organiser of the event, said everything went well and thanked all who supported the event.

He added: “The only small issues were members of the public seeming to ignore the traffic regulations on road closures where two cars were parked over the weekend.

“One which was in the loading bay at James Dempsey Way which interfered with the set up of the rides and the other just outside the post office which interfered with the stall set up on the Saturday.

“I hope that next year when this weekend is arranged they will abide by the laws and park away from the Main Street.”