Celebrating solidarity with refugees in Scotland

Celebrating Solidarity Family Day Refugee Festival Scotland 2016
Celebrating Solidarity Family Day at The Hidden Gardens for Refugee Festival Scotland 2016

More than 1200 people attended a special event at the weekend to show solidarity with refugees and welcome recently arrived refugee families to Scotland.

The Govan Schools Pipes and Drums Association were among the entertainers at a family fun day hosted by the Scottish Refugee Council at The Hidden Gardens in Glasgow on Saturday and got the event off to a stirring start. 

The Govan Schools Pipes and Drums Association. Image by Brian Stewart.

The Joyous Choir, from Maryhill Integration Network, with singers from all over the globe, also took the stage at the free event, which is part of Refugee Festival Scotland, which runs until June 26 across Scotland.

Maryhill Integration Network's Joyous Choir.  Image by Brian Stewart.

John Wilkes, chief executive of the Scottish Refugee Council, said: “This day is part of the celebration of the warm welcome Scots are extending to refugees, during the worst global crisis since World War II.

“Scotland is a small country with a big heart, and has taken in more than a third of the recently arrived Syrian refugees, with 800 women, men and children now resettled across 28 local authorities.

“Today’s event is a chance for people to get together and celebrate the fantastic community spirit in Scotland.”