Taken in 2010 during a visit to the Gibson Street Festival in the West End of Glasgow, these 2 males were happily sitting talking and watching the festivities whilst enjoying the sunshine on the window ledge of their flat which was some distance above the street below.
In 2003 local residents held an event called “Bard in the Backcourt”. This subsequently inspired the idea of holding an annual tenement fair. In 2004, the West End Festival arranged for Gibson Street to be closed for the first Gala and from there it has grown and become a regular loved local event.
Every year planning begins in January when a group of local residents and traders start the process of raising funds. Individuals and small groups take on different aspects of the Gala, developing events and activities which will be on offer.
Volunteer organisers work hard over a number of months to raise funds in order to have a great Gala day. These fundraising endeavours make it possible to offer, for example, free activities and free entertainment for children.