Revival of Newburgh’s gala day

NEWBURGH will be holding its first gala day in 20 years thanks to the enterprise of a group enthusiasts in the village who are determined to bring fun and games back to the community.

For Lorna Young, the group’s fundraiser, it will be an opportunity to revisit the past. Mrs Young, who has helped the group raise £3,000 to fund the big day on May 18, said: “I was just a little girl when I took part in Newburgh’s last gala in the early 1990’s. I have the picture to prove it.”

The event promises to be a day to remember and will be held at Newburgh Mathers School field.

The gala has the backing of Foveran Community Council who have given over the front page of the most recent edition of their community newsletter.

Mrs Young added: “We seem to have the support of the whole village, which is just great. I just hope they will all rally round and turn up on May 18.”

The day is scheduled to run from 1pm to 5pm, and has all the traditional activities associated with gala days, including a pipe band, a football tournament, bouncy castles, a tug o’ war, a range of stalls, a net ball competition, a martial arts display, kids races, a Highland dancing display, a singing recital, and of course teas, coffee and home bakes.

The event has the support of Aberdeenshire Council and Newburgh Mathers School and many other local organisations. For more details visit