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The Big Big Sing, Glasgow

Nothing raises the spirits like a sing song and this Sunday sees the arrival of the Big Big Sing at Glasgow Green as part of the Commonwealth cultural celebrations.

The idea of the Big Big Sing days - which have taken place around the UK - is for the audience to become the star turn. So, if you have always nursed an inner diva, now is the time to let her out.

The one-day events aim to give people - regardless of experience - the chance to sing in a mass choir. Simply turn up at the main stage at 3.30pm and you, and hundreds of others, will perform as part of Scotland's biggest pop-up choir. Leading from the front, an exuberant team of choir leaders promise to have everyone singing along to a selection of catchy pop tunes and soul and reggae classics. Adding oomph to proceedings will be the Soul Nation choir, beatboxers Jason Singh and Bellatrix and the Big Big Sing Band.

There are various activities going on throughout the day, from 8am until 9pm. Come and Try sessions include Gaelic mouth music, Indian singing and beatboxing and there are family-friendly versions if you have little ones in tow. Get inspired by the pros as various choirs perform on the song stages and roving performers will include Valkyries, a barbershop quartet and a doo wop group.

Later in the day, Stephen Duffy and the Band will provide the music for the Vintage Tea Song and Dance and lovers of swing can do their thing from 7pm when DJ Denny Love provides the soundtrack for an evening of dance.

The event runs all day from 8am to 9pm and proceedings come to a end with a showing of musical classic Singing in The Rain on the big screen, which hopefully won't be a case of art imitating life for revellers.

Alternatively, if public singing doesn't float your boat, the Games Festival at Kelburn Castle and Country Park will showcase Europe's most impressive weightlifters in action including Europe's Strongest Woman and Britain's Strongest Man.

The games take place in the grounds of the graffiti-adorned 13th century Kelburn castle. Highlights include a keg loading medley, shield carry and log press and an evening ceilidh.

Kelburn Rangers have organised a mini games for the kids where they can try out tiny caber tossing, tug-of-war, wheel-barrow racing and potato and spoon racing.

For more information, visit www.bigbigsing.org and www.kelburnestate.com.

MARISA DUFFY

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