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Electric Glen 2014 sells out at Rouken Glen Park

Electric GlenI didn’t spot any news about East Renfrewshire Council’s Electric Glen show last year (which is said to have been a sell-out), but it seems that 2013 was the first time Rouken Glen Park was used to host the event, described by the council as “a fantastic night time experience of light, sound and performance.”

The show comprises a specially designed illuminated trail which guides visitors on a magical after dark adventure, deep into the glen, over the waterfall and around the boating lake, with a host of surprises, characters from Rouken Glen’s past, and interactive fun for all the family.

This is all a massive change from the dark days of 1983, when I recall there was huge outcry when plans to close the park were announced, and boulders were rolled across the gates and entrances to stop any entering as the grounds lay untended. Fortunately, negotiations between the two District Councils involved resulted in Eastwood District leasing the park for 125 years from 16 June, 1984.

I only made it to one Classic Car event held in the park, probably only a year or two before that closure, and circumstances have meant I never made it back again. Maybe I will try harder.

For 2014, they say Electric Glen will showcase the diverse natural beauty of the park at night, whilst special guests will share their unique stories and bring to life the heritage and history of the park.

I usually like to quote some numbers to give an idea of how popular shows like this are, but the BBC’s article describing the 2014 event as a sellout, but the reporters have made a bit of a mess, and refer to a “10,000 ticket” sell out last year (2013), a “24,000 ticket” sellout this year (2014), then end their article be stating that “This year’s festival has attracted 24,000 people”.

And one of those has to be wrong, because one family ticket admits up to 4 individuals – so we’ll lay safe and just say the event attracts “thousands”.

As already noted in the title, the 2014 show has sold out, but here are the prices, for info:

Adult: £7.50 – Concessions: £5.00 – Under 5’s: FREE but will require an under 5’s ticket

Family ticket (2 adults + 2 children): £20.00

Disabled (full show access inc. free ticket for carer): £5.00 – Disabled (wheels only route inc. free ticket for carer): £3.00 (The route for 2014 includes three sets of stairs and is unsuitable for wheelchairs.)

Official web site: About Electric Glen

Gallery: Gallery

Via: Electric Glen winter light show sells out – BBC News

See also: Rouken Glen – A History in Pictures

And: Rouken Glen Park

I tried to dig up some video of the event, but the official site didn’t appear to have any, and this was all I could find that was a decent length and included some reasonable image quality in the low light:

[url=http://www.roukenglen.org.uk/]Rouken Glen Park[/url]

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February 12, 2014 - Posted by | Civilian | , , ,

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