Festival with a message

Organisers of the christian festival 'J in the Park'
Organisers of the christian festival 'J in the Park'

After a triumphant inaugural event last year, Christian rock festival “J in the Park” returns to Pathhead hoping to further engage with local people.

The free event takes place on Friday at Callander Park from 6.15pm, featuring live performances by Superhero, Steph MacLeod, Royal Foundlings and Mark and Zoe.

One of the J in the Park organisers, David Lacey of Tyne Valley Parish Church, explained why the festival was started last year.

He said: “Our church is about half a mile outside Pathhead. So we decided that if people can’t come to our church we will go down to the village.

“J in the Park is an opportunity to be part of the community and get across our Christian message.”

David is hoping to build on last year’s opening J in the Park: “Hopefully there will be a great crowd this year.

“Last year people didn’t really know about it. But we are hoping that word of mouth from people who did come will mean a bigger crowd.

“We have noticed a lot of talk about it on social media. And we got a lot of positive feedback last year. It was a great start. We were so blessed with the weather so we are praying for the same again.

“It will be a great night on Friday. People came and really enjoyed it last year.

“We have changed the park layout a wee bit and we think it will be even better.”

Although there will be no repeat of last year’s barbecue, Christian Heritage street cafe and Clan Catering will be among those serving up food.