All the fun of the fair will come to Bellshill later this month when the town hosts its traditional street fair celebration.
As usual Main Street will be closed to traffic throughout the Bank Holiday weekend on May 28-30 as the town hosts stalls, fairground ride and a variety of entertainment from 10am-10pm.
Organised by Bellshill Community Council, this year’s fair will be officially opened on Saturday at 11am by Colin MacFarlane of YMCA Scotland.
Last year Colin was appointed as the organisation’s National Plusone programme manager having been one of the scheme’s pioneers when he was association manager at Bellshill and Mossend YMCA.
The former professional footballer from Motherwell started his career working with young people as a team leader with the Prince’s Trust for nearly six years before joining YMCA in 2003.
Invited guests who have confirmed they will attend the opening are: MPs Marion Fellows and Phil Boswell, various local councillors, Paul Devlin from Strathclyde Fire and Rescue, Chief Inspector William Jeffrey and Sergeant William Gray from Bellshill Police and Ghulam Siddique MBE and Iman Fitzpatrick from Lanarkshire Central Mosque.
The Saturday will feature the usual variety of stalls run by local churches, charities and small businesses collecting for charities including: Central Church, St Andrew’s UF Church, West Church, Enable Scotland, Bellshill Sharks, Rebecca Munro, Angela Scott supporting Erskine Hospital, Heather Meharry, Katie McLaughlan, Theresa Kirwan, Jim Paterson, Viewpark Conservation, Viewpark Gala, Bellshill Community Forum, YMCA, CL&D, Orbiston Neighbourhood Centre, Samantha Sankey, Scouts, Signature Dance Squad, Soundsational Community Choir and Mossend Youth SNP Group.
Entertainment will be provided by Bellshill Salvation Army Band and Bellshill & District Concert Brass with a wide variety of fairground rides provided by M&D Events. On Sunday the stalls and rides will remain with three dance groups performing in James Dempsey Way - Carol McLean Dance Dynamics Cheer Squad, Nadia Brown Dance Academy Street Crew, and Leanne Bence Signature Dance Squad.
For the first time M&D Events has also arranged a farmers market with stalls on the Sunday and the final day, which will also host a fire appliance along with the rides.
Community council secretary Duncan McLeod said: “I can only hope for the weather to be kind to us over the weekend and that the public who turn out to support us all have a great time.”