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

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

They introduced a top line-up of local bands and artists at the Beacon Arts Centre, including popular Inverclyde duo The Laurettes.

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

Around 7,000 people descended on the venue between Friday and Sunday to attend its festival weekend.

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

More than 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 centrepiece of the weekend was the huge Luminarium art sculpture, which offered a sensory experience to those who journeyed through its tunnels and domes of light and colour.

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

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The Beacon’s Meliora weekend also incorporated 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.

Meliora Festival, which has been taking place across Inverclyde throughout May and June, was designed to offer fun, entertainment and excitement and to make people feel better after the past two years.

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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 a difficult two years for everyone, it was the perfect way to bring communities back together for a lively weekend of entertainment and escapism.

“We are so grateful to everybody who visited, and to all our amazing performers and event organisers who helped to make the weekend so enjoyable.”