Cupar’s children’s gala future in jeopardy

Cupar Ted, the Children's Gala mascot needs your help
Cupar Ted, the Children's Gala mascot needs your help

The future of Cupar’s Children’s Gala is uncertain, as financial support from local organisations and businesses has begun to dwindle.

Despite the greatest efforts of the committee to fundraise throughout the year, and with the community’s continued support at events, the financial situation has become precarious.

Treasurer Julie Liddle said: “The Gala committee works tirelessly throughout the year to bring the community together to fundraise for our annual Gala Day, at events such as the fireworks display in November, the family ceilidh in February, bag packing in March, and the children’s disco and duck race in May.

“As much as these events have been well attended and supported by the community, we would ask anyone or any business who may be able to donate, sponsor or fundraise for the Gala to step forward.”

She added: “The Gala requires many elements for it to be successful, from kilt hire to van use, toilet hire and quality arena acts. We need your help to ensure this year’s event, on June 6, is as successful as previous years and can continue to be a fabulously free family event in the future.”

Unknown to many, Cupar’s Gala Day costs in excess of £5000 to stage and is reliant on fundraising to cover the cost of extra entertainment, including fairground rides.

Julie went on to say the greatest ‘hidden’ costs when organising such a large event included insurance, hiring of toilets, recycling bins, first-aid, generators, vans and the expense of erecting bunting in the town centre.

“These are just the basics, anything on top of these are classed as a bonus,” she said.

“As a committee, we feel it is important to inform the public of our greatest expense on Gala Day...these are the fairground rides.

“We hire a company to come to the Gala and then fundraise to be able to keep the ride ticket costs at a minimum, currently only £1 a ride.

“We understand that these are a huge pull for the public attending and would be thoroughly disappointed if these were to be cancelled due to lack of funds!”

Julie explained: “It is extremely important for us to point out that the Cupar Children’s Gala is not a registered charity for the simple fact, after in depth consideration, that it would be a huge expectation for the committee to be responsible for.

“Therefore, we rely solely on fundraising and continued support from our community.”

If you are able to help or would like to make a donation, contact chairman Ali Rankin on 07738528031.