September 18, 2021

Who remembers the Coca Cola roller? The Glasgow Garden Festival has impressed people of all ages.

Every day in the City Archives, we are fortunate to work with interesting collections that tell the story of Glasgow.

Most of them are hundreds of years old but many are recent.

I recently worked with some records from the 1988 Glasgow Garden Festival – an event I vaguely remember as a kid. Nothing makes you feel older than what you have experienced. It is now considered an “archive”.

Glasgow Times: Glasgow Garden Festival, 1988. Photo: Glasgow City Archives.

The Garden Festival was the biggest event. Scotland Since the Empire Exhibition fifty years ago. It ran between April and September 1988 and was located on 120 acres around the former Prince Dock on the south bank of the River Clyde.

Glasgow followed previous hosts Liverpool and Stoke-on-Trent to highlight the wide range of entertainment, not just gardening, thus providing a complete family day. For those who prefer white nuclei on green fingers, the main focus was the Coca-Cola roller, a gravity-preventing, loop-to-loop thrill ride.

Glasgow Times: Glasgow Garden Festival, 1988. Photo: Glasgow City Archives.

Many readers will remember the magnificent festival site, which was divided into six themed areas. The Science and Technology Zone celebrated the Scottish Industry Partnership and added a showcase of state-of-the-art gazetteers to the Crystal Pavilion. Of Health. And the wellness area includes novel themed activities like yoga, gardens on a variety of themes, from the United Nations to Vali.

Plants and the meal The area has featured botanical exhibitions from around the world, including a bonsai garden and a German vineyard. The Scottish mountains and plains were recreated in landscapes and landscapes (with a distillation), while the Water and Maritime Zone celebrated the country’s rich history of maritime trade and exploration. The area was also home to the Clydesdale Bank’s birthday tower, which is 240 feet high and offers spectacular views. Finally, the Entertainment and Sports Zone hosted a large number of concerts, performances and shows of all kinds.

The City Archives has a lot of records about the fair and about it. planning, Implementation and Impact These include the debate over whether the newly built Bells Bridge can carry 2.8 tons of Indian elephants for a publicity event. It was agreed that an elephant named Maureen would be allowed to participate as long as she “does not stand on one leg” and “walks beautifully and does not run”.

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The Glasgow Garden Festival was a huge success. It attracted 4.3 million visitors – significantly more than its predecessors. More importantly, it helped sow the seeds for the city’s cultural renaissance. It played a key role in feeding the image of Glasgow, from the industrial city of the past to the modern, creative space of the future.

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