As it was such a long programme I was expecting that folk would likely come and go over the day, but as it was the vast majority of the 40-50 people who attended stayed through the whole day. Seen as a whole it was a hypnotic progression through Govan's 'Two periods of greatness (thats two more than most places)' (Prof. Steve Driscoll) and then into the Govan Banners - which underpinned everything with the solidarity and ambition of working people. The whole day was rounded of with the premiere of Jamie Dempster's film of the Govan Raid which gave a contemporary twist on all the themes raised over the day - and also raised a chuckle.By the end of the day we all felt as is we had been on a long and important voyage through time and place together - thanks to the Riverside Halls for their excellent hospitality and to the community of Govan for once again rising to the occasion with perfect pitch.
|The Govan Ferry decked out with the flags from the Govan Raid for the day - photo Tom Manley|
|Soprano Fiona Wilkie (from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) singing 'Ae Fond Kiss' for passengers on the Govan Ferry|
|Ingrid Shearer speaking about Govan during the time that it was home to the Kings of Strathclyde|
|A break between films - the flags from the Govan Raid hung around the Riverside Halls. Tam McGarvey of the GalGael Trust in foreground|