Irn-Bru Carnival reports double-digit visitor increase
by Annie Byrne
Scotland’s 90 year-old Irn-Bru Carnival has chalked up its longest running annual event and a double-digit increase in visitors in the face of challenging weather conditions.The indoor funfair ran for 23 days, from 24 December to 16 January, at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) in Glasgow, and attracted 154,000 visitors (unaudited), an 18 per cent year-on-year increase. Highlights of this year’s event were 60 rides including the new Ghost Train, The Frisbee and Extreme, the Pirate Ship, Wacky Racer Car Track and Chairoplanes. MD of organiser QD Events Fran McIntyre pointed out the record attendance was despite the snow and freezing conditions across Scotland during December. “We hope to repeat the success when IRN-BRU Carnival returns to the SECC in Christmas 2011,” she said. McIntyre won Event Professional of the Year at The Scottish Event Awards last September.