THE Thomas Muir Festival will honour Red Clydeside socialist John Maclean as the annual celebration of Scotland's "Father of Democracy" marks its 13th year.

A symposium will be held in Milngavie's Douglas Academy to mark the 100th anniversary year of Maclean's passing.

The conference will reflect on the life and times of Maclean as a campaigner and activist and will take place on Wednesday, September 4.

The Thomas Muir Festival is an annual community event to celebrate Glaswegian Thomas Muir who fought for the freedom of speech and voting rights for all.

His strong links with East Dunbartonshire are marked every year by the Friends of Thomas Muir, who organise a festival in memory of the political reformer.

Festival organiser Jimmy Watson said: “It's fitting, in the 100th anniversary year of his passing, that we also celebrate John Maclean and his significant contribution to democracy."

This year's speakers are Professor Gerard Carruthers, Professor Lindsay Farmer and Dr Corey Gibson.

There will also be contributions from Douglas Academy pupils, including musical performances.

Watson added: "We're delighted to announce this year's festival events – which combine art, education, entertainment and talks.

"The festival offers an eclectic mix – shining a light on the life and times of a true Scottish hero."

The festival is supported by East Dunbartonshire Council, local businesses and the community.

Those set to attend the symposium include Provost Gillian Renwick and East Dunbartonshire council leader Gordon Low.

Other events have been announced as part of the festival.

From November 18 until February 29, there will be an East Dunbartonshire schools art exhibition.

Hosted at the Thomas Muir Coffee Shop, 25 artworks selected from more than 2000 submitted by schools will be professional framed to go on display.

From November 28 to November 30, there will be an exhibition at the Scottish Parliament on Thomas Muir.

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