Gala revival proves an inspired decision

Windyates Gala;'Fancy Dress Competition; "the big babies" Piper Gillies, 12, Rachael Ewan, 12, & Natalie Walker, 13'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON
Windyates Gala;'Fancy Dress Competition; "the big babies" Piper Gillies, 12, Rachael Ewan, 12, & Natalie Walker, 13'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON
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THE weather remained kind on the day – and it seemed the entire population of Windygates turned out during Saturday to support the newly-revived Children’s Gala.

Local parents expressed the hope some months ago to resurrect the Gala they had enjoyed as youngsters, so that their own children could savour the occasion.

A new organising committee was put in place and some dedicated fund-raising got under way.

And, at the weekend, Greig Park played host to the first Gala day in over a decade and a half.

The occasion began with a fancy dress competition in the Greig Institute, followed by a short trip over to the park for the main events.

Music from Kennoway Town Pipe Band was complemented by children’s displays, dance class demonstrations, Zumba, cheeerleaders, martial arts, and a range of inflatable attractions, stalls and sideshows, with Bob the Builder and Peppa Pig among the visitors.

Councillor David Alexander – a temporary target for wet sponges while locked up in stocks – said he was proud of the organisers and it had been a hugely successful day.

The impetus had come from those who wanted to refurbish the Gala for today’s youngsters, he added, and a lot of the attractions were provided free.

There was already money in the coffers to stage the Gala again next year, he added, while other events may also be arranged.