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260 Years of the Govan Fair

Well that was the 260th anniversary of the Govan Fair and it’s all over for another year.

The Govan Fair Association would like to thank everyone who turned out in the streets to see the parade and enjoy the fun of the fair in Elder Park at the weekend – by far the best Govan Fair event for many years. We couldn’t have asked for better weather either.

Congratulations to Faatima Kazee from Riverside primary school who is our newly crowned Govan Queen.

We would like to thank everyone who took part in the parade, the stallholders, caterers, showpeople and volunteers who contributed to a great time out for everyone who attended the fair.

We would also like to individually thank the following:

Chief Gift Kofi Amu-Logotse from the African Arts Centre on Broomloan Road for bearing the Sheep’s Heid this year. Chief Amu has been part of our diverse community in Govan for many years and we are delighted to have recognised his contribution as part of this year’s fair.

The Reverend Moyna McGlynn from Govan and Linthouse Parish Church for crowning the Govan Queen this year.

Inspector John Haynes and the Police Scotland officers from Helen Street police station for their help and support to ensure the festivities went without incident and everyone enjoyed themselves safely.

Adrian Boiteux and Zeb Shaw for the event management on the days.

Glasgow City Council for their support and assistance with putting all of the arrangements in place for Elder Park.

Louisa Taylor and the team at Fablevision Studios who have worked very hard for months on the event organisation to make sure the weekend was such a huge success and for the production of an outstanding programme booklet.

Our Patrons: First Minister the Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon MSP and Lord Provost of Glasgow Sadie Docherty.

Don’t forget if you picked up a copy of the programme to check the number on the back as we will be announcing the result of the raffle draw on the website shortly.

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Govan Grudges!!

Anyone who knows Govan will know that grudges never last long.
The one between the Govan Fair Association and the Church has lasted a mere 260 years.

No one ever quite remembers why Govan grudges start but the Church/G.F.A one is rumoured to centre around a young man who, on being refused the hand in marriage of the minister’s daughter, came back that night with pals, severed the head of the minister’s prize ram and carried it through Govan on a pole.

That deid sheep’s heid has headed up the Govan Fair procession ever since, rubbing salt in the wound of the grudge every first Friday of June.

Govan Fair 2016, is exactly 260 years since the falling out and the grudge will be symbolically put to bed on Friday, 3rd June at 6pm in Elder Park when the Reverend Doctor Moyna McGlynn, minister of Govan and Linthouse parish church crowns the Govan Fair Queen.

The Govan Fair Association committee are looking to put a grudge to bed each year going forward. Some long suffering local residents reckon that’ll take at least another 260 year