Great turn-out for community gala in Templehall

Balwearie Gymnastics Display Team at the gala
Balwearie Gymnastics Display Team at the gala
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Hundreds of people turned out to enjoy a fun-filled day at a mini gala in Templehall at the weekend.

The theme of Saturday’s event which was held at the Linton Lane Centre, was ‘Celebrating the Commonwealth’, based around the forthcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The event was possible thanks to funding from CELEBRATE, part of the Big Lottery Fund, and was a multi-cultural event with displays which originated from many Commonwealth countries.

Commonwealth Games events included gymnastics and ju-jitsu, as well as bokwa, Zumba, Bollywood dancing, hip-hop, Highland dancing and twirlettes.

A petting zoo for children featured exotic animals found in various Commonwealth countries, and birds and there was a special display of falcons from Balrema Birds of Prey.

Other events included an Australian barbecue and Canadian chainsaw wood carving, with entertainment from the Harmony Rock choir which will form part of the 10,000-voice Commonwealth choir.

There were stalls from local organisations and charities as well as the community police, the fire service and many more.

The event, a joint venture between the Rabbit Braes Development Group and the Linton Lane Centre, was opened by David Stevens who sang a variety of songs to warm up the crowd, and there were bouncy castles, face-painting, activities and much more.

It was supported by David Torrance MSP and local councillors.

Lorraine Wilkinson, chairman of the Rabbit Braes group said: “We want to thank everyone who took part in the event from the organisers to the funders and everyone who came along to help make it a success.”