Gearing up for an exciting Collieston Gala Day

A scene from a previous Collieston Gala Day.
A scene from a previous Collieston Gala Day.
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The finishing touches are being put to preparations for Collieston Gala’s big day on Saturday.

Organisers are hoping that the good summer weather will hold out and banish the memories of last year’s event which was the wettest in its 53-year history.

Sally Sheehan, one of the organisers, told the Times: “The Gala is the community’s principal fundraiser for the year, with the income it brings in helping to cover our annual costs - things like Bonfire night and the Senior Citizens Christmas party, as well as village maintenance and equipment.

“Collieston and Slains folk and our visitors alike are all very generous, and we are hoping that this summer’s hot spell will last through the weekend to allow everyone to enjoy the jewel in Formartine’s crown.”

A host of activities have been under way during the week including a kids’ treasure hunt, dog show, raffle and tombola collection and boules events for adults and children.

There will be a family fun night tonight (Thursday) and tomorrow will feature a fancy dress parade followed by a quiz and disco.

It is all building up to the main event on Saturday which will run from 2-4pm.

Stalls include cake and candy, tombola, Guarana Drummers, plants, books, face painting and BBQ.

At night there will be a ceilidh with Iron Broo which will be from 8pm to midnight. Doors open at 7.30 and there will be a licensed bar.