Stig at the Glasgow Show

11 Jun 2009

by Vivienne Nicoll, Evening Times

The most mysterious man on TV is to make an appearance at this year's Glasgow Show. The Stig is known by millions of viewers as the "tame racing driver" on motoring show Top Gear.

In August the un-named driver, who never speaks or removes his blacked-out white crash helmet, will swap the BBC2 show for the motorsport zone at the two-day event on Glasgow Green.

This year for the first time, the Glasgow Show and the Clyde River Festival were launched at the same time under the joint banner - It's Glasgow Festival Time.

The two weekend events have become major visitor attractions with the Glasgow Show last year attended by 60,000 people and the River Festival attracting 87,000.

The River Festival, which this year is being held on July 25 and 26 at the SECC and Science Centre, features a number of new events.

For the first time on the Clyde, pirates will battle it out with cannons, muskets and cutlasses on two pirate ships.

One of the vessels, a traditional wooden brigantine, will be open to the public so visitors can learn about life on board a historic sailing ship.

The Loch Lomond seaplanes will also touch down for the first time during the festival and the Waverley will make her first appearance at the event.

The paddle steamer will be running cruises from Glasgow on the Sunday of the festival and is offering a free child ticket with every adult ticket.

The annual Quackers duck race is back and ducks can be adopted online for £5 at

All proceeds from the race will go to the Marie Curie Big Build Appeal, which is backed the Evening Times, which aims to raise £16million to build a new hospice for the city.

The River Festival will also feature Zapcat racing boat taster sessions, jet ski demonstrations and jet ski four times freestyle world champion Lee Stone.

Visitors will also be able to climb aboard the mine hunter HMS Blyth, which spent three years in the Gulf.

On dry land, they will be able to enjoy the music stage, vintage fire engines, a BBC science roadshow, five-a-side football, a farmers' market, belly dancing, a funfair and demonstrations by the Royal Marines.

Strathclyde Passenger Transport will be providing free shuttle bus services from Glasgow city centre and beyond to the festival site.

Check out the website for more information and timetables.

The following weekend is the turn of the Glasgow Show where one of the main attractions will be the Canadian massed pipes and drums which will feature 80 musicians.

Other favourites will include a F1 car simulator, horse and dray rides, a falconry display, two climbing walls and an army assault course.

The flower zone will have horticulture displays, art exhibitions and performances, traditional Victorian cream teas will be served in the culture zone, the market zone will have more than 50 stalls and Titan the Robot will entertain the youngsters.

In the main arena, all eyes will be on high wire walker and daredevil Jean Monti, the FMX freestyle motorcycle team, two monster trucks and the stunning Golden Lions parachute team.

Lord Provost, Bob Winter, said: "I am delighted to announce that the people of Glasgow, and visitors to the city, can now enjoy two consecutive weekends of family entertainment in and around two of the city's most iconic locations, the River Clyde and Glasgow Green.

"The festivals highlight ways to enjoy the city on both water and land and the strength of this year's programme emphasises Glasgow's versatility as a place for people to work, live and play.

"I encourage everyone to come along and enjoy themselves during Glasgow Festival Time and celebrate all the things that make Glasgow such a vibrant and inspiring city."

Reproduced with the permission of the Herald & Times Group.

  • The River Festival on the Clyde

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