Riverside’s ready to party

Face painting at last year's Riverside Park Festival (picture by David Cooper)
Face painting at last year's Riverside Park Festival (picture by David Cooper)
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The sun is shining , flowers are in full bloom and organisers put the finishing touches to the forthcoming Summer Celebration in Riverside Park.

A fun-packed family extravaganza featuring craft stalls and workshops, fun fair and children’s entertainments has been organised by members and volunteers from the Friends of Riverside Park.

The event is a culmination of months of hard work and was inspired by last year’s successful three-day festival to celebrate the Olympic Games which brought hundreds of people into the Glenrothes parkland. “Last year’s event was a huge success not only for Glenrothes, but also for the park as well”, explained Pam Hortin, secretary of the Friends of Riverside Park group.

“So many people said how much they enjoyed the festival and how it brought members of the public into the parkland areas that migh otherwise not use the park facilities.

“We wanted to continue on that success and saw it as an ideal way to advertise Riverside Park and all that it has to offer, as well as hopefully make it an annual event.

“This year we’re trying to pack all of the fun into one day and have fingers crossed for the good weather to continue”, added Pam. Last year’s Olympic festival was organised by Fife Council, but this time round the reins have been handed over to the Friends group which says there’ll be a wealth of family-themed entertainments and activities for all ages. Music is being supplied by Radio Lollipop and there will also be a range of food and refreshment stalls, games ,raffles and other entertainments.

“Glenrothes is very lucky to have such a fantastic park space and with it being situated in the heart of the town it’s on everyone’s doorstep so with this Summer Celebration we want to let people know that tis is their park”, added Pam.

There was concern the ‘celebration’ was about to be axed following funding problems, but with help from Fife Council and a series of fund raising initiatives, sponsorship from businesses and local support the Riverside Park festival was saved. The event which takes place on Sunday, July 28, will be free and the fun starts at noon, continuing on until 5.00p.m.