Collieston gets set for gala extravaganza

The fine weather attracted hundreds of local people and visitors to the gala.
The fine weather attracted hundreds of local people and visitors to the gala.

Final preparations are under way for Collieston’s big day on Saturday.

The gala will be the climax of a busy week of activities in the community.

Last year’s event was bathed in glorious sunshine and organisers are hoping for a repeat.

The gala celebrations kicked off last Friday with an art and craft club exhibition and last night there was a boules competition. In between there have been raffle and tombola collections.

Tonight will feature primary children’s boules and tomorrow night there will be a fancy dress parade followed by a quiz and disco in the marquee.

A host of events are lined up for gala day on Saturday which will run from 1-4pm. There will be a ceilidh in the evening with Broadbay Ceilidh Band.

One of the highlights of the day will be skiff racing organised by Collieston Offshore Rowing Club, featuring the village’s own community boat, Admiral Redsocks.

Sally Sheehan, one of the organisers, said it was a new feature and they were hoping for up to five entries for the race, including one from Berwick-upon-Tweed.

She added: “Weather wise it’s always a feast or a famine on gala day. It’s either glorious sunshine, like last year, or pouring rain.

“We are keeping our fingers crossed for a good turn-out.”

All proceeds from the event go to Slains and Collieston Community Council and will help towards the upkeep of the village.