Don’t rain on our parade!

Carson and Connor Westie enjoy the fun at Leslie Gala
Carson and Connor Westie enjoy the fun at Leslie Gala

Hundreds turn out for one of the highlights of the summer gala calendar

The rain did little to dampen the spirits of the hundreds that braved the weekend downpours to enjoy the fun and frolics of the annual Leslie Children’s Gala.

Organised by the Leslie Community Trust and now in its eighth year, the event is one of the highlights on the summer calendar - whatever the Scottish weather.

And this year was no exception as families gathered at the Greenside for the annual parade along High Street and through the town to its final destination at Leslie Primary School.

Onlookers cheered as the procession made its way to a specially organised fairground and events area, the biggest since the event started.

And it was smiles all round as youngsters were also treated to a free goodie bag handed out to all those on arrival.

John Greig, a member of the Leslie Community Trust and one of the principal organisers of the event told the Gazette the day had gone very well, despite the unkindly weather.

“In all the years we’ve put on the Leslie Gala, that’s the first time we’ve been beaten by the weather and as we all know that’s the one thing we just can’t influence,” said John.

“While the numbers attending were down on previous years the public still came out to support the Gala Lad and Lass and also the children who entered the fancy dress competition and who decorated their buggies, everyone still had a great time.”

As with previous years, the event was supported by a range of local business.

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