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New Clydesdale festival announced
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The new festival is for those with a love of the outdoors
A new outdoor festival is to be held to celebrate the sights and sounds of Clydesdale.

Four days will be given over to the pleasures of cycling and rambling in the hills and back roads of Lanark, New Lanark, Biggar, Douglas and Leadhills.

The events taking place between 25 and 28 May will include a jazz brunch and outdoor photography courses.

Organisers aim to attract about 1,000 people to the festival, which they hope will become an annual event.

Paul Lamarra, the festival organiser and author of Walking in Clydesdale, believes that the programme of events will persuade walkers and cyclists to take a fresh look at the area.

He said: "There is so much history and natural heritage to be explored in the Clydesdale countryside that there is always more than one reasons for setting off on a walk or cycle.

"Clydesdale is so easy to reach and that's what made it extremely popular in the 20s and 30s when the outdoor movement really got going and hopefully this festival will re-establish that popularity."

The highlight of the festival will be a jazz brunch in the gardens of the Shieldhill Hotel, near Biggar, with jazz drummer Alan Pendreigh leading a trio of musicians.


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