The Wallace Weekend took a different format this year as we were unable to secure the medieval market and re-enactment performers that we have had in the past.
A very full programme of events took place in several different venues and were very successful.
On Saturday the Memorial Hall was the setting for a craft fair, teas and coffees and many local groups giving performances on stage. It proved highly popular and many of our young (and not so young) talented performers delighted their audience.
In the evening there was a fabulous concert given by the Bagrockers and Reely Jiggered which had everyone dancing in the aisles.
The Tolbooth was the setting for the schools competition to design a ‘Wanted Poster’ for William Wallace. Eleanor Maclean organised this very successfully with over seventy entries on display. First prize was awarded to Ana Stewart (New Lanark Primary), 2nd: Ethan Wood (St Mary’s Primary), 3rd: Amelia McLoughlin (St Mary’s Primary School. The winner of “Guess the Birthday of Bruce the Bear” was …. Sylvia Russell – this was not a fix, honest!!!
Castlebank Park was the venue for the afternoon celebrations. The official opening of the Fairy Dell took place with a flash mob of assorted fairies, elves, a spaceman and batman giving a hand with the unveiling of the recently carved fairy on her toadstool. Allison Galbraith, the storyteller had a busy afternoon in the Dell entertaining young and old alike with her magical stories. Wild About Lanark provided more entertainment for the children with scavenger hunts and marshmallow toasting being the order of the day. Freda and Friends did sterling work painting the faces of assorted fairies.
Lanark in Bloom and the Horticulture Centre did a roaring trade selling plants and providing teas and cakes. There was a photoboard of Wallace and Marion which had been beautifully painted by Alison Snow. This attracted many people wishing to take ‘selfies’ of themselves as their heroes.
On Sunday 24th May there was a wonderful concert at New Lanark Institute. Jamie Hill of Music in Lanark had secured the highly talented ten year old Ethan Loch to give a piano and accordion recital. Ethan enthralled the packed out audience with a wonderful selection of music including Haydn, Bach, Brahms, Debussy and Chopin. He thrilled the audience with a piece he had composed especially for this concert entitled “Wallace at Lanark”. He brought the house down!
Ethan has been blind since birth which makes his recital even more amazing. Watch out for this young man as he is destined to go far in the world of music.