Cupar enjoys a gala occasion!

CUPAR Children’s Gala had one of its biggest parades on Saturday as warm, sunny conditions drew families to the Duffus Park-based event.

The parade got under way from the Fluthers car park, with younger children joining in from St John’s Church in the Bonnygate.

Cupar Girl Guides

Cupar Girl Guides

Led by St Andrews Pipe Band and the gala queen and king following in an open-topped double-decker bus, the parade included a host of decorated floats, a clown on a miniature bike (who ended up pinching a traffic warden’s hat and started directing traffic!), military vehicles, steamroller and fire engine.

Celebrations at the park began with the crowning of gala queen Cara Houston, watched by king Kyle Houston and attendants Estelle Oliphant, Louis Graham, Imogen Maskell and Scott Dalrymple. Also keeping a close eye on the proceedings was the towering figure of the gala’s new mascot, Cupar Ted.

Among the fun at the park were races for youngsters, along with the dads’ race, won for the second year by Chris Wroniecki, who retained the Derrick Duncan Cup.

The arena also hosted performances and displays by the Allstar Cheerleaders and Yvonne Gray Dance School, as well as the Beat Roots drumming troupe.

A highlight for many were performances by contemporary acrobatics group Gymtasia Evolution - finalists on Sky 1’s ‘Got to Dance’ show.

Another big hit was magician Alexander the Great, who performed in the arena and shared his skills with boys and girls in a marquee.

In addition to the arena attractions, there was a chance to spend time at the many side stalls, offering everything from archery and fun bowling to pot plants and fishing for “ducks.”

With so much energy expended on activities, the 1000 gala food bags distributed by the gala committee proved a massive hit!

The crowning ceremony

The crowning ceremony

Decorated float winners were Howe of Fife Rugby Club, Yvonne Gray School of Dance and Tuesday Tots.