Still Game’s Mark Cox and Jane McCarry Join Meliora Festival in Greenock

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THOUSANDS flocked to a festival in Greenock this weekend, where Still Game stars joined in the celebrations as communities reconnected after two years of the pandemic.

Mark Cox and Jane McCarry, who play Tam Mullen and Isa Drennan in the show, entertained the crowd at Meliora Festival.

They presented a selection of local bands and artists at the Beacon Arts Centre, including popular Inverclyde duo The Laurettes.

Mark Cox and Jane McCarry at the Meliora Festival in Greenock.

About 7,000 people descended on the site between Friday and Sunday to watch its festival weekend.

The event was a summer celebration to reconnect communities after two years of Covid pandemic restrictions.

Over 50 performances and events took place over the three days, including storytelling sessions, drumming and circus workshops, Scottish opera and street theatre.

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The centerpiece of the weekend was the huge Luminarium art sculpture, which offered a sensory experience to those who traveled through its tunnels and domes of light and color.

There were also aerial dance performances by The Swings, a host of food and drink stalls, magic shows and several events organized by the Unicorn Dance Party.

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Beacon’s Meliora Weekend also featured in this year’s Clyde Comedy Festival, with appearances from legendary actress Elaine C Smith, Scot Squad star Darren Connell and Irish comedian Ed Byrne.

Elaine C Smith also delighted youngsters with special readings of The Glasgow Gruffalo, The Glasgow Gruffalo’s Wean and The Princess and the Pea.

The Meliora Festival, which took place across Inverclyde in May and June, was designed to provide fun, entertainment and excitement and to make people feel better after the past two years.

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Glasgow Times: the artistic sculpture of the LuminariumThe artistic sculpture of the Luminarium

Pauline Kane, Director of the Beacon Arts Centre, said: “We are delighted that our Meliora Festival weekend was a huge success and that we were able to welcome so many people to the Beacon Arts Centre.

“After two difficult years for everyone, this was the perfect way to bring communities together for a lively weekend of fun and escape.

“We are so grateful to everyone who visited us, and to all of our amazing artists and event organizers who helped make the weekend so enjoyable.”

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