AN event to celebrate International Women’s Day in Hamilton last Thursday was hailed a great success.
Around 600 women from across Lanarkshire attended Hamilton Park Racecourse and enjoyed a day packed full of activities – free-of-charge.
The Scots Makar and playwright Liz Lochhead kicked off proceedings with recitals from some of her work including poem ‘The Choosing’ and her adaptation of Greek tragedy, ‘Medea’.
Despite gale force winds and torrential rain, women braved the elements to attend the celebration, which marked the centenary of International Women’s Day.
At the event, run by South Lanarkshire Council, ladies were treated to manicures, facials and massages, which were carried out by students from Motherwell, Coatbridge and South Lanarkshire Colleges.
A fashion show held in the marquee was immensely popular, showcasing the season’s latest trends.
And information stalls including Routes to Work, Universal Connections and advice for carers were well visited.
The Zumba taster classes were also very popular among the women.
Scots Makar Liz Lochhead took some time out to speak to the Advertiser about the event and even praised local newspapers.
The Newarthill-born playwright, said: “It was quite a thrill for me to revisit some of my old work which I knew meant a lot to women, and some work that I have not had much occasion to do recently.
“It was a thrill seeing that these things haven't become outdated in the thirty years since I wrote some of them.
“I picked out things that I thought would be right, I didn't really think I was going to read Medea, but it is a great play that means a lot to both men and women.
“It was just to show that these issues have been around for a long time.”
The poet also spoke of her relief that the Women’s Day even went ahead despite tight budgets.
She said: “Because of cuts they thought they might not have the money to run this (Women’s Day) event but in times of cuts, it is even more important that we do these things.”
Speaking about the Hamilton Advertiser, she added: “I remember the local paper coming through my door when I was wee and I would have been very chuffed to know that I would be in the local paper now opening International Women's Day.”