Record crowds flock to Meadows Festival

Carra Davidson enjoys an ice-cream with her prize-winning dog Seamus. Picture: Phil Wilkinson
Carra Davidson enjoys an ice-cream with her prize-winning dog Seamus. Picture: Phil Wilkinson
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Organisers of the Meadows Festival say this year’s event has attracted record numbers.

Events at the two-day gala included an open air market, live music, football tournament and a dog show.

Festival fun on the fairground rides. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

Festival fun on the fairground rides. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

There had been doubts over the future of the £20,000 festival, which has been going since the 1970s, following a shortage of committee members.

But thanks to several volunteers coming forward, the festival is going from strength to strength.

Making a return was the “kid’s corner”, which featured activities including crafts and games from Alchemy Arts, puppet theatre and animals from Gorgie Farm.

Representatives from the Dogs Trust were also on hand to offer free dog-microchipping, which can cost between £15 and £30.

Bands appearing on the Red Dog music stage included The Stagger Rats and Jen and the Gents.

Organiser Liz Summerfield said: “Everybody has said it’s been brilliant – much better than last year.

“We’re really pleased, we’ve had a lot more on this year. Over the course of the weekend, we usually get about 18,000 visits – looking at the crowds I’m sure we’ve broken that this year.”

The event was sponsored by South Central Neighbourhood Partnership, Red Dog Music and Tollcross, Merchiston and Marchmont and Sciennes community councils.