A great time at Fettercairn Gala

Fettercairn Gala was a big success.

Fettercairn Gala was a big success.

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The Fettercairn Gala is now in it’s 37th year, and the committee are delighted with the popularity of this year’s events.

The gala, as well as being a fun day out, helps fund both the Public Hall and the Sports Pavilion in the park, so is a vital source of support in keeping these community buildings open for use.

The quiz, the first event, was supported by 18 teams. Quizmaster was Chris Milne who put in hours of work into making up the quiz while Isobel Ritchie was the scorer on the night.

Ttop three teams were: 1 the Teenlessagers, 2 ‘Heather Mix’, 3 ‘Ice’. Congratulations to them all. Catering was by the senior citizens who provided a lovely tea.

Monday saw a wonderful turnout of 100 at the prize bingo – a first for the event - which added to the fun, and to the buzz and noise. Congratulations to Queen Elizabeth Court, for catering for 40 more than the usual turn-out.

On Thursday, 14 cars took part in the treasure hunt.

It was Mike and Marion Robson’s first time of making up the treasure hunt, and their hard work was very successful.

The winners were ‘Retired and loving it’ alias Helen Ritchie and Catriona Watson. The children enjoyed The Walking Treasure Hunt organised by Fettercairn School Council.

Margaret Cargill opened the Gala Day this year.

Margaret has been a stalwart of the community since she came to live at Coldstream Farm, Fettercairn, with her late husband Douglas over 60 years ago.

Organisers were fortunate with the weather again, Margaret pointing out that in its 37 years, the gala has only had to take place to the hall owing to bad weather on three or four occasions.

The day itself had something for everyone with games, stalls and entertainment including the ‘Beattie School of Dancing’ who delighted with their Highland Dancing Displays.

A spokesperson said: ‘‘A big thank-you to everyone who helped out with the setting up, organising and on the day.’’

Prize winners were - adult ‘wellie- throwing’ and winner of the Gala Shield was ‘Kenny Dalgetty’(Junior ) The Junior Wellie –throwing competition was won by Rhys Dow.

Bowling Competition results were: winner, Alistair Jamieson, runner-up, Bill Brandie, semi-finalists, Derek Ritchie and John McMillan. There were 39 entries. The Gala Day activities end with a duck race. Thanks to everyone who helped out with this event. The winning duck was owned by Goerge Sefton, with Anne-Marie Dalgetty in second place.

As Public Property Chairperson, Helen Thomson closed her report by saying ‘‘a huge welcome and thank you to the residents of the new ‘Kirkwood Homes’ housing scheme in the village.

‘‘They have entered into the spirit of the community of Fettercairn either by supporting events or helping out with setting up the marquee etc for the Gala Day and associated events.

‘‘They have added to the huge support the gala has always enjoyed from the residents of Fettercairn and the surrounding area.’’