This section gives details of special selected events taking place within Edinburgh and Glasgow and around the Central Belt this fortnight. Listings are compiled by date, lace and then event. listings compi ed by Brian Donaldson.

FRIDAY 15 Glasgow

West End Festival Various venues. info: 357 6838. until 29 Jun. After last year‘s inaugural festival the West End jamboree returns with extra backing and stars and events aplenty. See photo caption.


Original Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour The Beehive Inn. Grassmarket. info: 554 0777. £6 (£5). 6pm. 8.30pm. A great excuse to educate yourself through alcohol as the tour follows in the footsteps of Rabbie. Sir Walter. Robert Louis and Irvine across the ale houses of the city.


Renfrew 600 Various venues. info: ()I41 886 1997. Until 31 Dec. Among this fortnight’s happenings are the Fun Festival (Sat 14). Waverley Cruise (Sat 2|) and Medieval Banquet (Wed 25). Stirling

Battle of Stirling Bridge 700th Anniversary Various venues. info: 01786 401297. Until 9 ()ct. September sees the 700th anniversary of William Wallace's victory at Stirling Bridge. The series ofevents and exhibitions in and around Stirling will reach a fevered height on the actual anniversary date. I 1 Sept. A mix of sport. colour. music. theatre. noise and fun will conclude with an outdoor spectacular and a stunning new exhibition which will explore the legend of Wallace himself.



50 Years of the Miners’ Gala The Meadows. Edinburgh. info: 220 2056.

I lam from Princes Street. free. 1997‘s gala includes traditional events such as the parade and live tnusic. joined by vintage vehicle displays. an and crafts. Highland Games demonstration and kids‘ stuff.

Leith Festival Various venues. info: 554 4890, until 20 Jun. Kicking off with the Leith Pageant and Gala Day on the Links. the good people of the area have organised another week of music. floral art. uided tours and talks.

All ormats Computer Fair Meadowbank Stadium. London Road. 661 5351. 10am—3pm. £4 (£2). free to disabled wheelchair users. Whether computers are just a hobby or the means to career or education enhancement. this is the fair for you. There are potential savings to be made on new and secondhand gear with CD ROM titles aplenty.

Original Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour See Fri 13.

SUNDAY 15 Edinburgh Original Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour See Fri 13.


Scottish Open Canal Jump The Bridge Inn. Baird Road. 013! 333 l320/l25l. 1.30pm. free. A day of entertainment with the High Society Jazz Band. a disco. attd Edinburgh Model Boat Club before the first jump at 3pm. The challenge will raise funds for the Seagull Trust Charity to provide free canal cruising for the disabled in Scotland.

Goatbridge All Formats Computer Fair The Time Capsule. 01890 883807. See Sat l4.


Bike Hike Millheugh Bridge. Millheugh Road. info: ()1555 665244. 2pm. free. As part of National Bike Week. Clyde and Avon Valleys Project are inviting riders to get on their cycles fora two hour ride


ROYAL HIGHLAND SHOW Royal Highland Centre, In Iiston, Edinburgh,

333 2444, until 22 Jun. Today 9.30am-4pm, £12.50 ( 6), 4-6pm, £6 (£3); Fri 8am-4pm, £12.50 (£6), 4-7pm, £6 (£3); Sat 8am—4pm, £10 (£4.50), 4-7pm, £5 (£2.50); Sun 8am-5pm, £9 (£4). Covering over 100 acres of ground, the Royal Highland Show receives more than 15,000 visitors annually, attracting the prime of the country's pedigree breeding stock. The Queen's Cup Will be handed out to the top sheep, as it were. It's not all



ted, though. There are displays, exhibitions, show-jum ping

and music. If you're on for a bit of star-spotting, the Duke and Duchess of

Gloucester Will be there. Which is nice.

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WEST END FESTIVAL Various venues, Glas ow, info: 357 6838, until 29

Jun. Located in a wide variet

of west en

venues, the second West End

Festival aims to top 1996's With the spectacular Midsummer C rnival

Parade, the rebirth of The Loveliest Night of the Year, music fr m Belle

and Sebastian, The Bathers and Opera on a Shoestring, Piece 'n' Quiet A (

Poets' Picnic with Donny O'Rourke and Liz Lochhea

above), Paintings

on the Railings and the West End Webfest.

through the River Avon valley towards Stonehouse and over the pastures of Lanarkshire.

WEDNESDAY 18 Edinburgh Edinburgh Greenpeace Campaigning Group Bannerman‘s Bar. Cowgate. info: 557 5204. 8pm. free. With current campaigns on the go such as preventing deep sea oil exploration off the West Coast of Scotland and nuclear discharges from Sellafteld. the group will be happy to greet new metnbers.



Royal Highland Show Royal Highland Centre. lngliston. 333 2444. until 22 Jun. Today 9.30am—4pm. £12.50 (£6). 4—6pm. £6 (£3): Fri 8am—4pm. £12.50 (£6). 4—7pm. £6 (£3): Sat 8am—4pm. £10 (£4.50). 4—7pm. £5 (£2.50); Sun 8am—5pm. £9 (£4). Already a record- breaker this year with over 4000 livestock entrants and 900 trade exhibitors taking part in show. which incorporates the Food frottt Scotland lixhibition. See photo caption.

Original Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour See Fri 13.


Edinburgh Original Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour See Fri 13.


Greenheart Festival The Dugin I’ub. Heriot. info: ()I36I 883828. until Sun 22. 6pm. £10 (£6 in advance). A three-day shebang of fttn and consciousness raising with live bands. healer areas. kids' area. acoustic cafe. atnbience space. stalls and exhibitions.



Miniatura SI-ICC. Finnieston Quay. 287 7777. until Sun 22. Sat I2.30—5.30pm. £4 (£2); Sun I().3()am--4.30pm. £3 I .50): weekend tickets £5.50. Miniaturists from all over the UK and abroad meet up for the seventh year of the Scottish leg of the tour with the world's finest doll house makers displaying their wares. Edinburgh

Pride Scotland 97 The Meadows. info:

556 8822. I lain frotn Iiast London Street. free. Ten thousand people are

expected to attend with satellite events. contributions frotn Stonewall. the Virgin Dance Tent and a minute‘s silence at 3pm. See feature.

Original Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour See Fri 13.


The Shot Various venues. info: 0141 887 1010. until 5 Jul. Renfrewshire's arts fest includes performances from Craig McMurdo. The Reduced Shakespeare Co. Hull Truck and Fred MacAuIay with the grand finale of Sma' Shot Day.


Faslane Fair Helensburgh Pier. info: 01436674321 ext 6101. noon-5pm. £2 (£1). ()ne of those ‘fun day out for all the family'. occasions with police dog displays. parachute drops. a visit to a Royal Navy warship. as well as stalls. sideshows and a fairground.


Glasgow Miniatura See Sat 2 I.

Edinburgh Original Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour See Fri 13.


Scottish Mining Museum Open Day Lady Victoria Colliery. 0131 663 7519. l lam—4pm. free. ()pen doors day at the colliery with guided tottrs. a visitor centre. model railway. pony rides. face- painting and inflatable fun.



Edinburgh Greenpeace Campaigning Group See Wed I8.


Edinburgh Charter 88 Open Meeting Friends

Meeting House. Victoria Terrace. info: 226 2719/650 4322/346 0100. 8.30pm. free. Campaigning for a modern and fair democratic system in Britain has been Charter 88's goal since its formation in. well. 1088 having taken its inspiration frotn the Czechoslovakian model. Charter 77. Director Andrew Puddephat will be speaking on the issues relating to the forthcoming referendum for a Scottish Parliament. The Scottiin group‘s AGM takes place at 7.30pm and all are welcome.