Weather doesn’t dampen spirits at Collieston Gala

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HARSH weather failed to spoil another successful Collieston Gala last week, as residents and visitors alike turned out in force for the 2011 event.

Organiser Sally Sheehan remarked: “It seems coastal dwellers are a hardy lot by turning out for the annual skittles match despite the weather - although West Country Scrumpy donated by Admiral Ritchie may have helped supply inner warmth to team players!”

Fancy dress prize winners were: Under 5’s – first Tyler Gauld, 2nd Harry Davis Gall, 3rd Piper Burrows; 5 – 12’s – 1st – Eve Bell, 2nd – Charlotte Burrows, 3rd – Harris Macleod; 12 + - Olivia Macleod; Most original - Maggie Wallace as a Jellyfish; Group prize – 1st The Smith family as Tarzan in the Jungle; 2nd – Scarlet and Freya; 3rd – Marley, Hamish and friend as commandos.

On Friday night quiz master Iain Stewart challenged a full marquee of teams to test their general knowledge. Champions of the night were the ‘Collieston Cabbages’.

Saturday began with a downpour which did nothing to dampen the spirits of the families who continued to build sandcastles for the competition.

An evening ceilidh in the marquee provided an energetic and rousing finish to the day, which saw visitors attracted by a variety of stalls, activities and barbecue.

Sally told the Times: “Collieston Gala has made approximately £6,500 this year – all of which will be used for community good in Collieston and Slains. The Community Council would like to thank everyone who gave so freely and generously of their time to make the Gala its usual success. The event relies totally on the input of volunteers, without whom it would not be possible.”