Sun shines on this year’s Collieston Gala

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The sun was shining on the 57th annual Collieston Gala which took place recently.

There was a great turnout for the event and crowds of people were enjoying the variety of stalls and activities on offer.

The Gala kicked off with a sandcastle competition in the morning in which some enthusiastic entrants began their creations at 7.30am.

During this time the main events and stalls prepared themselves for the afternoon.

Starting at 1pm, the programme included a barbeque, raffle, face painting, a tombola, a giant slide, plant and book stalls and plenty of games and stalls for the kids to enjoy.

Sally Sheehan, one of the organisers, said: “Gala Day was the culmination of a hectic week of activity in the small coastal village.

“With almost all of the local community’s groups involved there was a programme to appeal to everyone.”

The week’s activities started off on Wednesday, July 29, with a Boules competition and all of the teams proved they were brave enough to withstand the elements.

Thursday, July 30, then brought the children’s Boules in which they staged their own competition.

Sally added: “As ever the Children’s Fancy dress parade saw some great costumes and original ideas. Lego figures, a little warrior from Brave, Star Wars people and even a little baby lobster in a cooking pot were just some of the characters on show.

“A sell out Quiz and Disco in the marquee on Friday night proved as popular as ever thanks to quiz meisters Nicola and Mark.”

Collieston Offshore Rowing Club planned for a regatta and races throughout the day.

Teams visited for the regatta from Tobermory, Catterline and Portsoy.

However, due to rough sea conditions some of the plans were adjusted.

“Organisers were still able to entertain the watching crowd with some fun races and displays of rowing skills.

The Peterhead lifeboat was unable to enter the harbour as planned due to the adverse seas, but made a dramatic backdrop, particularly when a returning helicopter also came in low over the harbour,” said Sally.

The Broadbay Ceilidh Band provided evening entertainment and performed their set from 8pm until midnight proving to be as popular as ever.

The organisers for the Gala were thrilled with how the day turned out and were particularly pleased at a rise in the number of volunteers.

The numbers are not yet finalised, but organisers estimate the Gala raised £4,500 for the community.