Scots Tv Star Sanjeev Supports Community Efforts

Springburn and north glasgow celebrates iconic past and a brighter future.
By: Bad Pony Media Press
GLASGOW, Scotland - Aug. 25, 2023 - PRLog -- NORTH GLASGOW took centre stage last Saturday, as residents from SPRINGBURN and the surrounding areas came together to take over the entire town centre, transforming Springburn Way, Springburn Shopping Centre, and nearby Springburn Parish Church into a rich celebration of history, the arts, culture, and innovation.

Now in its second year, the SPRINGBURN COMMUNITY STREET FESTIVAL drew a record-breaking crowd of over 5,500 people from across the city, bringing much needed footfall to local shopping areas, while marking a pivotal moment for the people of Springburn, who are determined to reclaim their identity and counter years of negative headlines, which have focused solely on deprivation, poverty and the area's decline since the destruction of the community with the build of the infamous M8 motorway in the 1960s.

The festival boasted more than 50 + food and community stalls from local organisations, such as; AFRICAN CHALLENGE, MEN'S SHED, CHINESE RECREATION CENTRE, and NORTH GLASGOW LGBTQ+ – with attendees enjoying amongst other things a pop-up community cinema, interactive games, a puppet show, face painting, and a collection of vintage vehicles, including a fully restored 1959 Glasgow Corporation Bus, and the real-life "Herbie" from the beloved Disney classic "The Love Bug".

Local BAFTA celebrated filmmaker FRANK McGOWAN and Scottish comedian SANJEEV KOHLI presented on the main stage at the event. The duo, who first met at BBC over a decade ago and both hail from North Glasgow, introduced an impressive line-up of artists and performers from nearby SPRINGBURN AUDITORIUM CIC, and spoke passionately about their roots - emphasising the significance of community and celebrating the wider achievements of Springburn and the surrounding areas.

Part of the wider plans for festival organisers at SPIRIT OF SPRINGBURN – a group of locals focused on the regeneration of Springburn's high street, is to promote the story of Springburn – including its "past, present and new possible future" – with plans to transform the area through support for local enterprise, engaging with schools and marginalised communities, and a focus on innovation, the arts and culture, are well on the way to success.The OLD SPRINGBURN LIBRARY on Ayr Street is at the heart of the vision of SoS, as abandoned now for over two decades, it is planned for it to be repurposed to serve the community once again and establish a new business innovation district, digital radio station, community action group, and even the launch of a dedicated Springburn TV channel and movie studio.

Festival coordinator EMMA PORTER, a member of the nearby SPRINGBURN YOUTH FORUM and COMMUNITY CHAMPION for COOP, stated, "this was a landmark year for us, and we only get stronger from here."

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