Collieston enjoys its big day in sunshine

Cooling off time from the summer heat for these bathers.
Cooling off time from the summer heat for these bathers.

Glorious sunshine bathed the village of Collieston for the annual Gala Day on Saturday.

The fine summer weather was in stark contrast to last year, which was the wettest in the event’s 53-year history.

A host of activities were organised in the days running up to the gala, including a kids’ treasure hunt, dog show, raffle and tombola collection, and boules events for adults and children.

Other events involved a family fun night and fancy dress parade.

But organisers were keeping their fingers crossed that the fine weather would hold out for the big day - and their prayers were answered.

Sally Sheehan, secretary of Collieston Community Council, told the Times: “It was an amazing day. The atmosphere was just lovely.

“We couldn’t have asked for better weather and we were so glad because Sunday was so wet.

“We think we had around 300 people during the afternnon which is great for Collieston. Everyone enjoyed themselves and all in all it was a very successful day.” The programme for the gala was a busy one and included a visit by a lifeboat, which attracted great interest, Guarana drumming display, and a variety of stalls - cake and candy, tombola, books, face painting and BBQ.

At night there was a ceildh with the band Iron Broo.

Organisers estimate the week’s activities will have left a profit in the region of £4,000