Annual celebration in Bellshill

Ghulam Siddiquie MBE was invited to open this year's street fair
Ghulam Siddiquie MBE was invited to open this year's street fair

There was all the fun of the fair in Bellshill over the holiday weekend for the annual community celebration.

This year’s Bellshill Street Fair was opened by Ghulam Siddiquie, general secretary of the Lanarkshire Muslim Welfare Society, in recognition of receiving an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list.

An integral part of the calendar for the folk of Bellshill and surrounding area, a wide variety of attractions were on offer across Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

After the official opening visitors were by Alan Hunter and his music, the Bellshill Salvation Army Band and then the Bellshill and District Concert Brass took to the stage.

On Sunday local groups performed numerous various displays including Carol McLean and her Dance Dynamics Cheer Squad, Nadia Brown with Street Dance Crew Dance Academy, and Leanne Bence and Signature Dance Squad who were showing off their talents.

On Monday attractions included a Scottish Fire and Rescue Service appliance to give people an idea of what firefighters have to tackle on a daily basis.

In addition organisations were given the opportunity to run stalls in order to promote themselves and attract new members, highlight issues of concern or raise funds.

This year these included EU Congregational Church, St Andrew’s UF Church, Bellshill Central Church, Baptist Church, Bellshill Sharks, Woodlands Residents’ Association, Enable Scotland, St Andrew’s Hospice, Carrie Thomson cupcakes, Liza’s Lollies, Signature Dance Squad, Bellshill Youth Forum, Jim Paterson plants, Jacqueline Ferguson supporting SAFA, Heather Meharry supporting Muscular Dystrophy, Bellshill YMCA, Well Society, Margaret O’Hanlon, Grace McNeil, Hattonlea Care Home, Co-operative Funeral Care, Glassware (Katie McLaughlin), Glittery Bees, Adelle Moffatt, Claire Nossiter and Tracy & Moira.

The usual variety of fairground rides provided by M&D’s Theme Park were also present to provide fun for all ages.

For lots more pictures see May 28 edition of Times & Speaker