Capital festivals are on a roll

RECORD numbers of people turned out to two major community events held in the Capital over the weekend.

Organisers of the Corstorphine Fair – the Capital's largest community-run event – said the glorious sunshine on Saturday helped attract more than 25,000 people to St Margaret's Park.

More than 10,000 people also turned out to enjoy the Meadows Festival on Saturday. However, Sunday's dismal weather dampened spirits and turnout.

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Visitors to the Corstorphine Fair enjoyed everything from fundraising stalls and a classic car display to a demonstration from the Mugen Taiko Dojo Drummers and an appearance from the Zumba Boys fitness instructors.

Organiser Ewan Irvine said: "It all went really great and we had record attendance.

"The sun was shining and we attracted more people than we had anticipated.

"The Scouts were selling ice creams and had to go and re-stock three times over the day.

"I think they took a few thousand pounds just selling ice creams.

"We knew by 11:30am that we were going to have record numbers because the event opened at 11am and even before that there were people waiting to get in."

The Meadows Festival, which is now in its 35th year, was also hailed a huge success by its organisers.

Running over both Saturday and Sunday, the free event provided music and plenty of activities for children and adults, including a bicycle-powered cinema, face painting, games, food stalls and an art tent.

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Fred Mackintosh, organiser of the Meadows Festival, said: "We had a fantastic day on Saturday, the best we can remember.

"Sunday's bad weather did put some people off but Saturday's fantastic day evened it out ."