Countdown’s on to Cumbernauld’s big fun day out

AN AIR of anticipation is building in Cumbernauld as the town gets set for another fantastic Fun in the Park event.

The annual event, now in its fourth year, will take place at the Craighalbert Quarry on Sunday, June 5 and is organised by the Friends of Cumbernauld Community Park group.

This year’s event looks set to be the biggest yet with a host of entertaining acts plus the final of the hugely popular Cumbernauld’s Got Talent competition.

Friends chairman Barney Kinsler said: “We hope that this will be another excellent event and day out for everyone in Cumbernauld. Once again we’ve rung the changes to provide a different and better event from last year and I would encourage everyone to come along.”

Fun in the Park this year kicks off at 11am with the local Craighalbert Church holding an open air service at the quarry, which will be followed up by gospel songs.

Clannandrumma will be on stage from 12.15pm showcasing their own brand of piping and drumming to kick off the acts and they will then be followed by Whitelees School of Rock who will entertain along with the Celestians and Sound Cradle.

However, the main attraction of the day will undoubtedly be the final rounds of Cumbernauld’s Got Talent.

Running in its first year, the competition had its initial rounds judged by News and Chronicle editor, Jack Shennan, and TV celeb Michelle McManus and those attending Fun in the Park this year will get to see the exciting conclusion.

Barney added: “Off-stage there will be face painters for the young and once again the Zorb Balls and archery for those older and more adventurous. Last year these were so popular they carried on after the 4pm finish and right through the clear up at the end. All the fun of the fair and then some!”

The Friends have secured an Access Exemption order for the duration of the event and will ask for a £1 donation on entry to help cover the expenses of staging such a large event.

Parking is available at the Tesco Craigmarloch car park as well as at the top of the hill at the school with a simple walk down the new “snake path”. Access can also be gained on foot by walking in from Eastfield Balloch on the upgraded road.

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