Blue Light Festival Returns to Riverside
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Blue Light Festival Returns to Riverside

14/09/2017
The hugely popular Blue Light Festival returns to Riverside Museum again this weekend, with an impressive collection of emergency vehicles together with activities, arts and crafts and a range of street food vans that will provide a great weekend of entertainment for all ages. The festival is Scotland’s largest gathering of emergency service vehicles and has previously attracted over 20,000 people across the two-day event.
 
From 11am on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September representatives from all of Scotland’s Emergency Services will come together at Riverside Museum to be part of the third annual Blue Light Festival. An NYPD police car will be a special highlight of this year’s event, alongside a collection of over 60 different vehicles including bikes, cars, trucks, engines and boats.
 
Also on show will be an extensive range of vintage vehicles from Riverside Museum.  Glasgow Museums fire engine collection is the second largest in Scotland and includes a 1928 Albion-Merryweather Pump Ladder, whose chasis was built in Albion Motors, Glasgow, a 1940 Dennis-Merryweather Turntable Ladder that was stationed at Govan fire station during WW2 and a Leyland Firemaster Pump Escape.
 
The festival is a fantastic opportunity for the public to find out more about the essential work of Scotland’s Emergency Services. Visitors can get up close to the amazing array of vehicles both old and new from the police, fire brigade and ambulance services. There will also be the opportunity to meet some of the highly trained staff that deal with a wide range of emergencies across the country.
 
The festival is always an exciting day out for children, who can climb aboard the vehicles to see the equipment, and have their photo taken on board. The free Kids Zone will also make a popular attraction, with fairground rides, bungee trampolines, craft activities, and face painting, and the Riverside Beach will be open for the duration of the weekend.
 
Chair of Glasgow Life, Councillor David McDonald, said:  “With its striking architecture and world-class collection of cars, bikes, ship models and trams, Riverside is hugely popular with both locals and visitors to the city. The Blue Light Festival celebrates the efforts of the emergency services teams who work hard to keep us safe and the huge array of vehicles on show over the weekend is sure to be a hit with visitors of all ages.”
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