A taste of Barbados in Millport and Lochwinnoch

A series of events will bring a flavour of the Caribbean to Millport and Lochwinnoch during the run-up to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

West Indies cricketer Sir Gary Sobers and the BBC’s Chic Young are among the golfers due to take part in the Cumbrae Caribbean Calypso Challenge Cup at Millport Golf Club on Friday 18 July, followed by a civic reception for representatives from the Barbados Commonwealth Games team and a rum dinner at The Newton.

The festivities continue at noon on Saturday 19 July with a Bajan Caribbean carnival parade, featuring a steel band, dancers and a pipe band.

The parade will kick off the day’s festival at the Garrison House, which will feature Scottish and Bajan food, arts and crafts and a children’s storytelling corner. A ‘Millport’s Got Talent’ competition will also be held, along with a ‘Taste of Barbados’ evening.

The action switches to Lochwinnoch on Sunday 20 July, with a carnival and parade at 1pm and a festival in the park starting at 2pm, including ‘Lochwinnoch’s Got Talent’ competition, followed by a rum dinner at the Lochwinnoch Annexe.

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