A POPULAR festival has roared back onto the streets of the West End this month.

The West End Festival returned with a bang to celebrate its 25th anniversary at a slightly later point in the year after being forced to postpone the initial June plans due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Not even a weekend downpour could dampen the spirits of revellers who took to the streets to celebrate a calendar full of events as part of the two-week long festivities.

Outdoor ceilidhs, afternoons of brass band performances and a spectacular street gala got the festival off to a busy start following its launch last week.

Hundreds of fans poured into Kelvingrove Bandstand to watch the concert of around a dozen brass band players, while the ceilidh events took over much of Byres Road.

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SambaYaBamba helped get guests into the groove outside Kelvingrove Museum.

Organiser Michael Dale said the festival had been a hit this far and fans were looking forward to a successful end to the quarter-century party this weekend.

He said: “The weekend went very well apart from a thunderous downpour on Sunday just as the drumming session at the Art Galleries was starting – and yet one hour later it was all sunshine and blue skies.”

Now, the event will enter into its final few days before bringing the festival to a close with its massive family affair.

The Websters Family Weekender, taking place at Websters theatre, will allow fans to wave goodbye to the festival for another year.

Over Saturday and Sunday, Samba bands, circus performers and buskers will entertain the crowds outside the popular venue.

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Bard in the Yard will also perform street theatre for those looking to enjoy the dramatic arts, while face painting and street play from Operation Play Outdoors will keep the youngsters in attendance entertained.

Guests can attend between 1pm and 7pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

For more information on this weekend’s upcoming events, visit the West End Festival website.