The sunshine, the local community and some new additions to the programme turned Airdrie Fair Day 2018 in one of the most successful and crowded in years. Airdrie Town Centre saw thousands of people enjoying the numerous attractions spread over several streets.

Graham St hosted the main stage, with Steve McKenna as MC and a diverse entertainment programme which included dance by DanceFuzion and Jump and Jive; music with the country and folk style by The Logans plus the show by Airdrie Operatic Society; workout routines with NL Leisure and Peak Fitness 4U; and a magic show by Peter Merlin.

Around the stage and along the full length of Graham St, over a score of organisations, charities and retailers offered deals, games and entertainment in exchange for donations. Community spirit was very much present in Airdrie Fair Day the last 30th of June; for instance, Beatson Cancer reported that they raised over £133 on the day.

The other big hotspot was in South Bridge St, where a dancing arena hosted by Peter Merlin and Bubbles the Clown served, for the first time, as the venue for local dancing groups. Pamela Logan School of Dance, Dance Stars, and Lanarkshire Dance Academy kept the audience clapping through almost three hours of routines.

This was not the only attraction in South Bridge St: an old fire engine and the Army’s caravan were parked on the side of the road for people to hop on. Stirling St and Bank St were packed with funfair rides for the most daring, and Hallcraig St hosted a new fire engine in service.

Some of the highlights of the day were the appearance of Gemma McIntosh, boxer and Miss Scotland runner up, as well as Jordan Young, BBC’s River City star, who was signing autographs and taking selfies with his fans at the Airdrieonians FC Trust stall.

From TCA and In Airdrie, we would like to thank everyone taking part in Airdrie Fair Day, from suppliers, to volunteers and, of course, to the public for joining us in such a special day.

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