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The Commonwealth Village of Dumfries and Galloway is gearing up for a week-long festival

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The area’s Commonwealth Village is gearing up to hold a week-long festival.

The streets of Eastriggs are all named after Commonwealth places to reflect the nationality of those who worked in the munitions factory along the Solway during the First World War.

With Commonwealth Day falling on March 14 this year, the community is rallying to make it a week with events taking place from March 12-19.

The idea for the event originated from the Devil’s Porridge Museum, but has grown in recent days with more community organizations joining to flesh out the program.

Chairman of The Porridge, Richard Brodie, said: “It all snowballed from the initial small budget we had for a low-key event.

“Everyone came together to make it something special with Eastriggs Community Group and Annan the History Town putting money and effort into the mix.

“Sponsors like Rotary have come forward and local businesses have been very supportive. This means our community can come out of the Covid pandemic in style and come from Auckland Walk to The Rand to celebrate being the Commonwealth Village.

The party kicks off on Saturday March 12 with two musical acts and it is hoped that the audience will “take on the Commonwealth theme”.

The next day there will be traditional children’s games in the museum grounds and Time Bandits re-enactors will bring the story to life.

This will be followed by a free open house on Monday March 14, where visitors can meet the museum’s new curator, Emma Gilliland, and enjoy the flavors of the Commonwealth.

Eastriggs Primary School will be involved in the special week of events and there will be something special for teenagers on Wednesday when the Dumfries and Galloway Council Youth Service bring their interactive My Pod bus to the village.

A Commonwealth quiz at the Wayside Inn on Friday evening will set the stage for the historic Eastriggs Commonwealth Games at Melbourne Park on Saturday March 19, which is being hailed as ‘one of the biggest free events to be held at Eastriggs for many years “.

Families can take part in a host of activities and kids can win medals in the Commonwealth Mini Games for three age groups, and Scottish Alternative Games such as Gird ‘n Cleek and Hurlin’ the Curlin’ Stane.

Professional numbers have been booked like Circus Avago to wow the crowds and teach their tricks. There will also be Angus McLaugh The Magic Juggler, bouncy castles, kiddie rides, beat the goalie, face painting and horse jousting.