Huge party to commemorate the 450th anniversary of the Battle of Langside

01/05/2018 22:13:19

The southside is set for a huge party this month to commemorate the 450th anniversary of the Battle of Langside.

The festivities kick off at Queens Park on May 12-13, with Langside Community Heritage, Inhouse CIC and Inherit planning a packed programme of free and family-friendly events.

Queens Park Arena is the hub for it all, with live music and entertainment running both days, as well as a colourful procession through the southside to the sounds of trumpet fanfare, written by Scottish Composer of the Year Gaynor Barradell.

As well as appearances from Mary Queen of Scots and the Laird of Langsyde, Billy Bowler the fortune-telling goat will be meeting, greeting and bleating the future!

Billy has taken up the mantle of Boots the famous psychic goat, who passed away in 2017 - and he’s already appeared on CBeebies, so he could well be the star of the southside show.

How he predicts your future, we have yet to find out - but it’s sure to draw a crowd over to Queens Park.

Other events include a specially commissioned theatre piece by Baldy Bane involving a cast of local school children and running throughout the weekend.

Themed food and drink will be on offer, as well as craft stalls galore - and if you’re interested in the history of the Battle of Langside then Lost Glasgow’s Norrie Wilson will join a number of local historians in giving you the low-down, along with a self-guided tour available from the start of May.

Dr Alan Leslie, of Inherit, said: “The events themselves are inspired by the 450th anniversary of the Battle of Langside, but the key reason for the event was to provide an opportunity for local people of all ages and backgrounds to work together, around the themes of peace, tolerance and integration.

“Focused around Queens Park, the event is a real opportunity to draw on the collective strength to be found in the communities surrounding the park and to celebrate the area’s diversity and interconnected heritage traditions.

“Langside 450 owes much to a wide range of people who have contributed their time, energy and skills to make it happen. But organising an event of this complexity is not easy - special thanks are therefore due to Inhouse, an events management company with responsibility for Queens Park Arena, who have pitched in from their own resources, standing back where possible to allow participants to learn from the experience and stepping in when needed to keep things on track.”

Kirsty Hood, Director of Inhouse CIC and Event Manager for Langside 450 said: “It’s been a brilliant project to be involved in, a true community led event with content shaped by Langside Community Heritage, a group whose membership age ranges from 10-85.

“We hope that Langside 450 will be thoroughly enjoyed by all the diverse communities that live in the area, and will be a fitting start to Queens Park Arena’s 2018 programme of events.”

Head to the Langside 450 website to find out more about all that’s going on to mark the big anniversary.

Source: Glasgow Live

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