Cupar Children’s Gala got off to a sensational start on Saturday with one of the longest and liveliest street parades ever to take place.
With the town’s coloured bunting flapping in the breeze and many shop windows specially decorated for the gala/jubilee weekend the town was simply buzzing.
The parade of floats led by the City of St Andrews Pipe band made its way from the Fluthers along St Catherine Street and on to Bonnygate where it was met by other walking groups.
The new gala queen and king, Katie Legge and Finlay Taylor, and their attendants were able to wave to the crowds from the top of Stagecoach’s double decker bus while the sun shone across the town.
The bus was decorated in vintage Union Jacks and boards made for the 1937 Coronation of the Queen’s father, King George VI, and used to decorate the Pagan Osborne building and balcony at 12/14 St Catherine Street.
The children were crowned by last year’s king and queen before the the recipients of the inaugural Fife Herald ‘Child of Courage’ award was announced.
Jordan Laing of Ceres took the main award which included a trophy, £100 cheque for a charity of his choice and a £75 cheque for himself.
Cupar girls Anna Duncan and Summer Wroniecki were both highly commended and each received a trophy plus £50 for a charity of their choice and a £25 gift voucher for Funky Rascal.
The awards were presented by Fife Herald editor Graeme Scott, and main sponsor, local businessman Steven Stewart.
Jordan’s mum Norma Hopkins said she was delighted that local people nominated her 13-year-old son who has faced a lengthy battle with cancer.
“He is really pleased with the award and I am delighted people thought to nominate him,” she said.
Following on shortly afterwards were a number of races including the dads race which was won by Chris Wroniecki.
He received a cup in memory of Cupar man Derrick Duncan.
Derrick’s wife Lesley, who handed the trophy over with her daughter Anna, said she was delighted to have a cup named in his honour.
The winner of Lodge 19’s best dressed window compeition was Karen Lindsay of Hidden Secrets Lingerie, while parade judges awarded first prize to Kilmaron School.
Second prize went to Mayfield Playfield and third to Tots on Tuesday.
The unsung heroes of the day were members of Cupar fire service who collected well over £500 from a street collection in their fireman’s helmets.
Organisers said they were extremely grateful to the firefighters for their contribution to next year’s gala.
One of the highlights of the gala was world champion freestyle footballer John Farnworth whose fancy footwork impressed both children and adults alike.
Also showing a bit of fancy footwork were dancers from Yvonne Gray School of Dance and the Diamond Allstars who each entertained crowds round the main arena.
There was also a falconry display and a drumming performance in the arena as well as many attractions at the stalls and plots alongside, including storytelling by Blether Together and puppetry by Sylvia Troon as well as funfair rides for all ages.
Football fans wouldnt be disappointed either with the George Duncan football tournament as well as activites organised by Cupar Soccer 7s and AM Soccer during the day.
Visitors are estimated to be amongst the highest in recent years and the gala committee, which organises the entire event and fund-raises all year to subside the cost of the funfair rides and provide 1000 free gala bags, said they were delighted the day went so well.