Houston and Killellan Kirk Carnival raises over £10,000 for local community

The Houston and Killellan Men's Shed
The Houston and Killellan Men's Shed -Credit:Houston and Killellan Kirk

A much-loved Renfrewshire carnival has been described as a “huge success” after the event raised £11,000 for the local community.

The Houston and Killellan Kirk Carnival, which took place last weekend, raised an astonishing five-figure sum. Funds will be put back into the community according to Rev Barbara Ann Sweetin, Houston and Killellan Kirk interim moderator.

She told the Paisley Daily Express: “Our Kirk Carnival was a fantastic day for everybody, and it was wonderful to see so many people, young and old, enjoying themselves.

“I’d like to thank all the local businesses who advertised in our carnival programme and generously donated prizes, as well as all those who volunteered their time and energy to help make sure things ran like clockwork.

“The event itself raised more than £11,000 which is a fantastic amount, so a huge thank you to everyone for all your support, which we really appreciated.

“Every penny raised will help fund the Kirk’s work in the local community, supporting groups, events and activities that are open to everyone.”

The 1st Houston Boys Brigade Pipe Band
A parade led the event -Credit:Houston and Killellan Kirk

This year’s theme was the Olympics with people dressing up as sports stars, torch bearers and Greek goddesses for the fancy dress competition.

Brownies and Guides won the best-dressed group for the sheer range of disciplines represented, including swimmers (complete with paddling pool), gymnasts, cyclists and taekwondo fighters.

Kids dressed up in fancy costumes
The event theme was a great success -Credit:Houston and Killellan Kirk

Meanwhile, 1st Houston Boys Brigade Pipe Band led the parade up to the West Halls, where there were plenty of activities, stalls and sideshows including a brilliant bungee run, a pirate run, a giant slide and a bouncy castle to entertain everybody.

Also in attendance on the day was Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust, a plant stall, home-baking and the Houston and Killellan Kirk Men's Shed who welcomed the sunshine.

They took to Facebook to express their delight stating: “Thank you to everyone that turned out for the Annual Kirk Carnival.

“The Shedders had a great day and are now away home sun-kissed and exhausted.

“Thank you also to everyone who bought and ordered from our stall.

“This was a fabulous community event put together by a hard working and dedicated bunch of amazing people. Here’s to next year! Wonder what the theme will be!”

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