The best free party in years at Coaltown Gala!

Methil Pipe Band lead the Coaltown of Balgonie Childrens Gala Parade. All pictures by Steven Brown Photography.
Methil Pipe Band lead the Coaltown of Balgonie Childrens Gala Parade. All pictures by Steven Brown Photography.
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Hundred’s of families flocked to this year’s Coaltown of Balgonie children’s gala making it the most successful event the close-knit community has seen in decades.

The weather played its part with the sunshine breaking through as youngsters took advantage of the wealth of free events, activities and entertainments.

O'Neill School of Performing Arts run by Shirley O'Neill

O'Neill School of Performing Arts run by Shirley O'Neill

The day started with a well attended parade, lead by the Methil Pipe Band, before culminating in the park for the afternoon’s fun and games.

Marc Nicoll was duly crowned this year’s Gala King by councillor and Coaltown of Balgonie resident Ian Sloan and prizes were awarded to winners of the various competitions including fancy dress and bonnie baby.

Lynne Nicol, head of the organising committee said the event had been “a fantastic success”.

“There were a few sleepless nights in the run up to Saturday’s event but it certainly proved worth it and everyone had a superb time,” she told the Gazette.

Entrants in the fancy dress competition

Entrants in the fancy dress competition

“Most pleasing was the response of some of the older residents who said it had reminded them of galas of old, no better endorsement than that so we’re all delighted.”

And Lynne and her team’s hard work was rewarded with profits from the barbecue and raffle stalls generating over £2000 which will now go towards setting up next year’s event.

“The community came out and made the gala a success and has given it a firm base for us to get to work on the 2016 gala,” said Lynne.

“I think everyone deserves a couple of weeks off to recuperate first though,” she laughed.

A familiar face was in the parade!

A familiar face was in the parade!

Gillian Morrison conquers her snake fear

Gillian Morrison conquers her snake fear

Kyle Bunting (12) from Glenrothes tries the dizzying Gyro ride

Kyle Bunting (12) from Glenrothes tries the dizzying Gyro ride

Councillor Ian Sloane puts the sashes on the Gala King Mark Nicol and his attendees Claire Wright and Ed Woodward

Councillor Ian Sloane puts the sashes on the Gala King Mark Nicol and his attendees Claire Wright and Ed Woodward