Organisers hail successful Cardenden gala

The gala queen (centre) Brogan Harris with her attendant Sammy Johnson with cllrs Linda Erskine, cllr Mark Hood and cllr Ian Chisholm (far right)
The gala queen (centre) Brogan Harris with her attendant Sammy Johnson with cllrs Linda Erskine, cllr Mark Hood and cllr Ian Chisholm (far right)

ORGANISERS have hailed the success of the annual Cardenden children’s gala which was held in the village recently.

The event, which took place on Sunday, June 30, was kickstarted in the morning with various activities in the Bowhill Railway Tavern. These included gala king and queen competition and the fancy dress contest which was judged by local councillors Linda Erskine, Mark Hood and Ian Chisholm.

Dundonald and Dysart Pipe Band

Dundonald and Dysart Pipe Band

This year’s gala queen was Brogan Harris, gala king was Owen Page, queen’s attendant was Sammy Johnson, and the attendant Daniel Pratt.

The large parade, led by Dundonald and Dysart Pipe Band, then departed from the Railway Tavern accompanied by the Wootcrew Dance Group and headed to Wallsgreen Park in Bowhill.

The third annual children’s gala was officially opened by local councillor Linda Erskine and compere for the day was Kenny McGurk.

Alex Burns, chairman of the Cardenden Events Committee, said: “There followed a wide range of activities for the children which included races for all primary school children and a Beat the Goalie football competition which attracted a large number of youngsters.

Highland dancers performing at Cardenden Children's Gala

Highland dancers performing at Cardenden Children's Gala

“The entertainment continued with great performances by the Wootcrew Dance Group and four talented Highland Dancers.”

He said the committee was grateful for the support from the Bowhill Centre staff as well as financial support from Fife Council, Ore Valley Housing Association, Cardenden Community Council, Exxon, Fair Price Mobility and Esso Petroleum as well as Boots, Johnston Chemists, Baynes, Glens Bakery, Gibson’s Barbers Shop, B&Q Kirkcaldy and the Railway Tavern.

Mark Hood, local councillor, said: “It was a fantastic day and a lot of hard work was put into the children’s gala by the organisers.

“Unfortunately the weather wasn’t as nice as it has been lately but that didn’t seem to spoil people’s enjoyment of the day.

The Royal Party at Cardenden Children's Gala

The Royal Party at Cardenden Children's Gala

“The fact the gala went so well underlines the community spirit that there is in Cardenden.”