Sun shines on Bellshill fair

All the fun of the fair came to Bellshill over the holiday weekend as the town hosted its annual traditional street celebration.

Crowds flocked to the town centre on Saturday and Sunday to take advantage of dry conditions and glorious sunshine to enjoy the full range of Bellshill Street Fair’s traditional attractions and activities.

And even though the weather took a turn for the worse on Monday, the rain and blustery conditions couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of event organiser, Bellshill Community Council secretary Duncan McLeod.

He said: “The weather was fantastic for the first couple of days and that makes such a difference.

“I would normally settle for one really good day so to get two out of three was great.

“I’d just like to thank everyone who helped organise the event or came along to support for helping to make it a success.”

This year’s fair was opened by former Bellshill Salvation Army bandmaster Ian Dickie who was invited to do the honours in recognition of his support for the event over many years.

Ian retired as bandmaster earlier this year after 34 years and the band have been regular performers at the fair.

As usual on the Saturday the focus was on giving local groups and organisations a platform to raise much needed funds or increase awareness of their work and a wide variety of them took part.

Entertainment was the key element on Sunday with the appreciative crowds enjoying performances by Carol McLean’s Dance Dynamics Cheer Squad, Nadia Brown and Maureen McLaughlin’s Dance Academy Street Dance Crew and Leanne Bence’s Signature Dance Squad.

Monday’s attractions included a visit by Strathclyde Fire & Rescue with an appliances for members of the public to see, while on all three days there were the traditional rides from Scotland’s Theme Park operators M&Ds plus the usual variety of other entertainments and attractions.

For lots more pictures see Times & Speaker May 29 edition.