Rain fails to dampen spirits at town gala

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Heavy rainfall did not spoil the fun for people in north Kirkcaldy who enjoyed music and entertainment at Templehall Gala on Saturday.

A good crowd turned out for the annual gala day, in spite of heavy showers.

Braving the elements in the parade

Braving the elements in the parade

The event was launched in style just before noon with a street parade led by local councillors and event organisers. Gala Prince Daniel Downie and Princess Carla Sinclair were escorted to the Fair Isle Road gala site by local Air Cadets and Langtoun Twirlettes to the sound of Kirkcaldy and District Pipe Band. Local councillor Neil Crooks led a short opening ceremony.

Kevin Robertson, of Kirkcaldy Area Locality Support Team, which jointly organised the day along with the local voluntary committee, said: “We had a great day despite difficult circumstances and the numbers of people who came out was very encouraging.

“Eventually the sun shone during the afternoon and it felt like summer again. Some of our programme for the day naturally had to be changed due to the wet conditions, however spirits were by no means dampened. I’d like to say a huge thank you to all our volunteers, the local organising group, Council staff, stall holders, food vendors and showmen for pulling together to make the day most enjoyable for all who took part.

“The organising group is especially grateful to The Fife Group for their generous support. The final of Templehall’s Got Talent was cheered on by an enthusiastic audience as the sun broke through.”

Carla Sinclair & Danny Downie officially open the Templehall Gala 2013

Carla Sinclair & Danny Downie officially open the Templehall Gala 2013

The winner of this year’s competition was 11-year-old Kirsten Graham.

Kevin continued: “Kirsten wowed the judges with an extraordinary display of freestyle dancing, lifting this year’s trophy and the winner’s prize of £200.

“Martin Inches and David Stevens, with their rapping drummer act, delivered a highly polished performance and secured the runner-up position. The talent ahow was sponsored by Charley’s Bar and Bedlam Promotions.”

Councillor Neil Crooks said: “This has been the best summer we’ve had in years for sunshine, but while rain may have dampened the grass and everything else on Saturday, the Templehall character shone through it all.

Templehall's Got Talent winner Kirsten Graham being presented with her trophy from the Gala Princess

Templehall's Got Talent winner Kirsten Graham being presented with her trophy from the Gala Princess

“I’d like to thank all of those who made this a great day, the volunteers, the sponsors and definitely the wonderful local sunworshippers, without whom it would not have been worthwhile.”

A new organising group for Templehall Gala was formed earlier this year and is now looking for new members to plan next year’s event. Anyone wishing to get involved should call Kevin on (01592) 583522.