Balloch Festival 1

Bonnie Lasses sing Lomond’s praises

                                                   Pictures by Bill Heaney

By Lucy Ashton

Large crowds flocked to Balloch on Saturday for Festival 2018, the cultural programme on Loch Lomondside for the Glasgow 2018 European Championships.

It was a great day out which brought lots of fun and a family friendly atmosphere to Balloch.  And is it was completely free to attend.

Loch Lomond Natyional Park map

A diverse range of local and international acts took part in the festival programme including performances from Urbaniks, an award winning urban dance group from Balloch, Scottish Opera, Feis Phaislig, Nevis Ensemble, samba drummers from Awestruck Academy, Clydebank and local singer Chirsty Harkins.

Chirsty and fellow Vale of Leven lass Rachelle Rhienne put on spellbinding performances at the main stage in Moss o’Balloch Park.

Chirsty, who picked up some very acceptable exam results at Vale of Leven Academy during the week was in excellent form and did a set which included numbers from Snow Patrol and Oasis, finishing off her set with a beautiful rendering of Loch Lomond.

christy 10Rachelle, pictured right, who is heading for Ibiza soon, strutted her stuff to a warm reception from the crowds of visitors who enjoyed the wide range of food and drink on offer from local producers and a bar run by Loch Lomond Brewery.

Various performances took place throughout the day in various locations around Balloch, with Moss O’ Balloch hosting the main festival activity, followed by entertainment and special offers in crowded local bars and restaurants in the evening.

The official mascot of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships, Bonnie the Seal made a special appearance at 3pm, giving her seal of approval to the event.

The decision to hold the European Championships swimming events at Loch Lomond was a master stroke on the part of the organisers.  It got off to a great start on Wednesday with the 5K which was won after a thrilling finish by the Hungarian swimmer Kirstof Rasovszky, who also won the 25K marathon on Sunday and came second for the silver medal on Thursday. The Netherlands, France, Germany and Italy also took part. The number of spectators who watched the swimming and later took part in the Festival at Moss o’Balloch was estimated at around 3,500.

Pictures by Bill Heaney


One comment

  1. Fantastic photos and report Bill, I passed on the details of your site to Christy’s Mum & Gran, they were delighted! Good to see you again yesterday!

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