THERE was a carnival atmosphere in Cupar on Saturday when the town’s Children’s Gala took to the streets for its annual parade.
A lengthy entourage of brightly coloured and imaginatively dressed walking groups and floats journeyed up Bonnygate to Duffus Park, where the gala was held.
Leading the parade were this year’s Gala Queen and King, Brooke Robertson and Med Kapasi, both P7 pupils at Castlehill Primary School, who were driven to the park in style courtesy of Bill Pagan in his vintage car.
Behind them were last year’s king and queen Cameron Knox and Alana Pirie who were followed by this year’s attendants Rhiannon Laing, Jamie Thomson, Ross Falconer and Natasha Whitehall in two luxury vehicles provided by Stratstone Landrover.
The City of St Andrews Pipe Band led the rest of the parade which included walking groups from Busy Bees nursery, Cuapr Pre-school Playgroup, Ferryfield Playgroup, Tuesday Tots, Soccer Sevens, Cupar Rainbows, Brownies and Guides, and Cupar Diamonds as well as a tractor and trailer from the Triangle Under Fives playgroup and a lorry showcasing the artistic skills of pupils at Kilmaron School.
Although there was fierce competition, an independent judging panel comprising PC Jim Michie, local councillor Bryan Poole and Carron Pour from Bell Baxter High School, awarded first prize of £100 to the Triangle Playgroup for their ‘Rub a Dub, Dub’ themed vintage trailer.
Second place went to the brightly-coloured children from Yvonne Gray’s dance studio, while Kilmaron School was third.
Cupar Scouts were also given a special mention for their ‘campsite’ themed float which was followed by a large Dalek and a vintage tractor.
Local firefighters helped boost gala funds by holding their annual ‘fireman’s helmet’ collection amongst the hundreds of people lining the streets.
Once on the park it was time for the fun to begin — but only once all of the children received their free gala lunch bag full of tasty treats!
The highlight of the day was undoubtedly the three shows performed by mountain bike stunt team, The Clan.
A pair of bikers battled it out during the course of the afternoon to see who could do the best and most dangerous tricks on their bikes, and as they did the crowd went wild.
The maina arena was also the venue for several dance routines by groups from both the Yvonne Gray School of Dance and Cupar Diamonds as well as a display by Fife Falconry and a tractor ‘see saw’.
Despite the chilly weather the funfair rides were also busy with the gyroscope being one of the most popular, while Stagecoach’s interactive ‘Revolution’ bus proved to be a hit with older children.
Much of the action also took place at the many stalls aroud the arena, one of the busiest of which was a coconut shy set up by the Triangle Playgroup in recognition of by-gone times and the Duffus Park centenary, as well as a putting competition by Ferryfield Playgroup.
Local storyteller Senga Munro and some chums entertained children with their tales in a cosy tent while firefighters welcomed children to climb aboard and explore their fire engine.
The loca TA also gave visitors the chance to get up close to a real army tank and Fife Falconry impressed youngsters with their selection of birds of prey.