River Festival causes ripple of excitement

21 Jul 2008

The weekend Glasgow River Festival, centred around the Tall Ship at Glasgow Harbour, the SECC and Glasgow Science Centre, featured a packed programme of events from a jet ski acrobatics display, to a volleyball tournament staged on an artificial beach, to powerboat excursions and a pirate's treasure hunt.

The festival was opened by Lord Provost Councillor Bob Winter, who hoisted a flag on the HMS Middleton to launch the event. The Tall Ship Loth Lorien sailed up the Clyde to berth at Millennium Dock before inviting visitors aboard to inspect its 34 berths, a 50-seat saloon and the on-deck jacuzzi.

The S V Glenlee, which first sailed in 1896 and has circumnavigated the globe four times, enjoyed a flurry of visitors over the weekend.

A Radio Clyde Beach Party saw live broadcasts from the event, and sessions with the Scottish Amateur Rowing Association were popular draws.

Scott Taylor, chief executive of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: "The Glasgow River Festival has been bigger and better than ever this year and is an excellent showcase for the River Clyde to the people of Scotland and beyond. Thousands of visitors enjoyed a range of exciting events and activities and the festival's popularity clearly demonstrates the river's significance to the city's past and future."

The free festival, now in its fifth year. is designed to reinvigorate Glasgow's waterways and promote them as a leisure destination.

It is a joint venture between Glasgow City Council, Scottish Enterprise, Evening Times, Clyde FM, Clyde Waterfront, Clydeport and the Royal Navy.

Reproduced with the permission of The Herald(Glasgow) © Newsquest (Herald & Times) Ltd.


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