The first Binos Live community festival took place on Sunday, with nearly 2,000 people flocking to the fun-packed inaugural event.
The combo of music and football proved to be a perfect match with a range of football-related activities for all the family to take part in and seven hours of music across two stages.
There was a mascot race (won by Stirling Albion’s Bino the Bear!) and youngsters had a chance to meet the Stirling Albion first team. Shows, stalls and a range of catering and drink outlets added to the spirit of the day.
The event was officially opened by Provost Christine Simpson and featured musical acts including Stirling Oasis tribute band Stop The Clocks, Benny Gallagher with The Spirit of Slim Chance (Gallagher and Lyle and Ronnie Lane classics), ABBA A-Rival tribute band and Johnny Lee Memphis Elvis tribute.
Stirling Albion FC, The Scribbler’s Picnic and Prudential UK & Europe collaborated to create the community event at Stirling Sports Village.
Prudential UK & Europe, one of the area’s biggest employers, Fairtrade Stirling, Bala Sport, ACL Hire and Party People sponsored the event.
The Binos Live event was non-profit making and funds raised will be donated between cancer related charities (as per the ethos of previous Scribbler’s Picnic events) and the Stirling Albion Junior Academy.
Stuart Brown, SAFC Chairman said: “What a fantastic day at Forthbank! Football, fun and music put together as a result of some unbelievable teamwork between Stirling Albion, Scribbler’s Picnic and our club sponsors Prudential, without whom the day just couldn’t have happened.
“Thanks to everyone who played their part; Provost Christine Simpson, event staff, volunteers, stewards, St. Andrews First Aid, musicians, vendors and stall holders. Also a very special thank you to everyone – young and old – who came along and contributed to creating a community event for Stirling to be proud of. See you all next year!”
John Warburton, CEO Distribution for Prudential, based at the insurer’s Craigforth Campus in Stirling, said: “It was great to see so many different parts of our community come together for such a fantastic celebration of sport and music at the inaugural Binos Live event.
“With such a wide range of activities on offer for all ages, and the added benefit of raising money for charity, Prudential is extremely proud to have been able to support this local event.
“I’d also like to add a special thanks to all those who volunteered their time to help us run the event, without whom we couldn’t have delivered such a great day.”
Ted Christopher, from the Scribbler’s Picnic, said: “It’s been a tremendous family day and very successful. It went well and I’m happy! We welcomed many of the Scribbler’s Picnic’s loyal regulars and also some new faces to see a mix of excellent bands on two stages and excellent football activities.
“The crowd really enjoyed themselves despite the real mix of weather. It’s been a very successful day and I’d like to thank everyone for coming along and helping making it so. We can put in all the work to make it happen but without the crowd, it’s nothing.”
Fairtrade Stirling and Bala Sport were delighted to take part in the event promoting the link between Fairtade and football.
Jon Cape, Fair Trade Stirling Co-ordinator, said: “This has been a fantastic event. Everyone has heard about Fair Trade these days but few of us will have made the link with a game of football. We will be keen now to find ways to spread the fair trade football message through the year.”
Angus Coull, of Bala Sport, added: “We’re delighted that the Stirling Fair Trade Group took the initiative to include Fairtrade footballs in this exciting new event. Football is the perfect family activity especially now with more emphasis on women and girls in the sport.
“It’s important that more people realise there is a Fairtrade choice in footballs. Choosing Fairtrade balls really does make a difference in the lives of the men and women in developing countries who make them. With the extra 10 per cent Fairtrade Premium workers are able to invest in projects such as water purification plants, free health checks and school books for their kids.”