COMET Festival Fun Returns This Weekend

23 June, 2022 | Local, Noticeboard

PORT Glasgow’s Comet Festival is taking place for the first time in three years, this Saturday (25 June).

It starts at 11.30am in Coronation Park and will feature live music, a funfair, children’s activities, stalls, and food and drink tents. Entry is free.

The traditional parade through Port Glasgow town centre towards the park will leave at 11am from Brown Street car park.

There festival will include the coronation of the new gala king and queen Cameron McQuade and Hayley Johnstone, who are pictured with Provost Drew McKenzie and Ian Arthur from the Comet Festival committee.

Provost Drew McKenzie said: “It’s exciting that the Comet Festival is back after the enforced absence [because of the covid pandemic] and I’m looking forward to seeing Coronation Park full of people enjoying a nice day out again.”

“This event is a real staple of the Port Glasgow calendar so I hope Port residents and indeed people from across Inverclyde will come along on the day to show their support.

“It’s not easy to organise something like this so congratulations to the Comet committee for pulling it all together and I wish everyone a lovely day out on Saturday.”

The event is being held by the Comet Festival Committee with support from Inverclyde Council through the Meliora Festival Community Fund.

New gala queen Hayley Johnstone, who is 12 and is a pupil at St Stephen’s High, said: “I help out at the festival every year with my family. I’m a bit nervous and excited about being gala queen this year.”

Comet king Cameron McQuade, who is also 12 and attends St Stephen’s, said: “I’m a local boy who always comes along to support the festival. I was pleased to be asked to be gala king and happy to step up.”

Meanwhile the Port Glasgow 10-kilometre running race takes place on Sunday (26 June) starting at Coronation Park at 11am.

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