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ALL the fun of the fair came to Bellshill over the weekend as the town hosted its 21st street fair.

It was a double celebration as this year’s event coincided with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and it was given the royal seal of approval as Lord Lieutenant Mushtaq Ahmad - the Queen’s representative in Lanarkshire - performed the opening ceremony.

As usual the event, organised by Bellshill Community Council, had something for everyone with fairground rides and a host of other entertainment throughout the three-day holiday weekend extravaganza.

As usual the focus on the Saturday was on allowing local groups and organisations to promote themselves and generate some much needed income through a variety of stalls.

Dance was the order of the day on Sunday with displays at James Dempsey Way from Carol McLean and her Dance Dynamics Cheer Squad, Maureen McLaughlin and Nadia Brown’s Dance Academy and Leanne Bence and her Signatuire Dance Squad.

And a tender from Strathclyde Fire & Rescue was one of the main attractions on Monday.

Held slightly later than normal, due to the usual holiday weekend being pushed back a week to coincide with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, this year’s event will get under way with the opening ceremony which took place next to the Bank of Scotland.

Following the ceremony there was musical entertainment provided by Bellshill Salvation Army Band, followed by Bellshill & District Concert Brass,

As usual there was a wide variety of stalls with those particpating including Enable Scotland, Macdonald Memorial Church, EU Congregational Church, St Andrew’s UF Church, Orbiston Parish Church, Salvation Army, St Andrew’s Hospice, Beatson Oncology Unit, Viewpark Gala Committee, Woodlands Residents’ Association, the Social & Demonstration Committee of Bellshill District Orange Lodge, Bellshill Crime Prevention Panel, Bellshill & District Community Forum and Community Learning and Development.

The performances of the three dance groups of Sunday went down a storm and as ever the selection of rides from Scotland’s Theme Park operators M & D’s was one of the main features throughout the three days, as well as a variety of other entertainment ranging from face painting to home knitting.

For more pictures see June 6 edition of Times & Speaker