Newburgh Gala shines despite the downpour

Fraserburgh Pipe Band perform under cover at Newburgh Gala Day.
Fraserburgh Pipe Band perform under cover at Newburgh Gala Day.

The rain poured down on Newburgh’s first gala day for more than 20 years, but failed to dampen the spirits of villagers.

Community goodwill was in the air, as local residents mixed with visitors, all enjoying the fun of the day in the most appalling conditions.

Lyall Booth, of P5 at Newburgh Mathers School where the gala was held, got the day off to an impressive start, setting a new course record in the Castle Canter.

The children’s seven-a-side football tournament was voted a huge success with every participant receiving a medal.

Gala fundraiser Angela Younge said: “We couldn’t go wrong after such a splendid start to the day.”

Mrs Younge paid tribute to all the groups who had braved the elements to make the day a success, including the Fraserburgh Pipe Band, the Martial Arts Institute, Lawrence Dance School and Newburgh Mathers Choir.

She added: “They were all heroes, especially Ian Alexander Joinery who provided us with a stage. We probably surprised ourselves, but it was all good fun. Even the weather could not spoil our day.”

The stalls were busy with hot beverages and homebakes popular. The SWRI and Corner Cafe were particularly active, while the BBQ provided by Newburgh Thistle Football Club did a roaring trade.

The grand prize draw winners were: 1st iPad Mini Rosemary Duncan, Newburgh; 2nd Nixon Digital Camera Mr Bannerman, Newburgh; 3rd 100 John Lewis Vouchers Debby Whyte, Ellon.