Carluke Jam and Ham Festival 2014 Slideshow

THE three-day Carluke Jam and Ham Festival went lipsmackingly well, with the main Jampionships and Bake Off event proving to be particularly tasty!

Entrants aged between eight and 78 wowed the judges at Ramsay’s Courtyard with their culinary and creative skills in categories including jam, baking and sewing.

Taking a bite...out of Carluke's 2014 Jam and Ham Festival serving in Ramsay's Courtyard - and enjoying every minute, by the looks of things! (Pics by James Clare)

Taking a bite...out of Carluke's 2014 Jam and Ham Festival serving in Ramsay's Courtyard - and enjoying every minute, by the looks of things! (Pics by James Clare)

Karen McKay, secretary of Jam Festival organisers Carluke Development Trust, said: “There was a very good submission of entries in the various categories.

“The judges thought it would only take 30 minutes to decide on winners but it was so hotly contested that it actually took an hour.”

The best Victoria sponge and strawberry jam entries were submitted by Carluke Lifestyles Cafe students, while Douglas man Thomas Kirkland had the distinction of securing either first, second or third position in every class – other than sewing!

Among the other winning efforts were a spiced plum jam; cupcake with tiramisu icing; and a double-sided apron and peg bag decorated with strawberry and jam pot patterns.

Saturday’s Jamboree events between 10am and 3pm – also staged within St Athanasius Community Hall – featured taster sessions, craft stalls and live music under a marquee.

Musical entertainment was to the fore at the festival opening, when a Jam and Ham Combo show featured singer-songwriter Amie Aitken, saxophonist Jennifer Park and fiddler Sean Allan.

Development Trust chairman Tom Sneddon said: “All three of them were absolutely brilliant.”

The Jolly Beggars entertained in the Lifestyles Centre, with Carluke Library hosting a Jammy Afternoon which included a jam-making demonstration with all raffle proceeds going to Clydesdale Food Bank.

Friday saw a musical showcase by local schools at the Lifestyles Centre, before an evening Battle of the Bands for youngsters at Street Level.

Proceedings finished in fantastic style on Saturday night with more jamming sessions in a number of Carluke pubs.

Tom added: “The festival was a fantastic success overall. It was great to see the smiles on the faces of all the children who took part.

“Everyone at the Development Trust is chuffed with how it all went.

“Adding the ‘Ham’ name to the festival’s title helped created great sinergy between Ramsay’s and Scott’s.”

Carluke Development Trust thanked the main sponsors Ramsay’s and R&W Scott, whose financial support and general advice and assistance was rated as “a crucial ingredient” towards the success of the overall event.

The pictures featured in our slideshow, created for your viewing pleasure by Gazette editor Julie Currie, were taken by freelance photographer James Clare and can be purchased in the Buy It Now section of our website.